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Acting president calls for enhanced industrial safety efforts

All Headlines 10:59 February 02, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Thursday called on the government and businesses to enhance industrial safety management, especially for smaller subcontracting companies.

During a regular meeting of ministers on pending state affairs, Hwang warned that the government will take "stern measures" against companies that are negligent of workplace safety obligations.

"If companies are found to have caused industrial accidents in their subcontractors by being negligent of safety measures, (the government) will take stern measures by holding them strictly responsible," Hwang said.

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn speaks during a meeting of ministers on pending state affairs at the central government complex in Seoul on Feb. 2, 2017. (Yonhap)

"Companies should boost safety management efforts as subcontractors with weak capabilities have a limit in securing safety," he added.

Last year alone, some 960 workers died from industrial accidents, with the number of deaths in the construction sector having risen 14 percent from a year earlier, the acting president noted.

Hwang stressed the need to provide companies trying hard to fend off any accidents with various incentives, such as cuts in industrial insurance rates, and technological and educational assistance.

"If we follow basic safety rules well, we can prevent damage to our workers," he said. "Thus it is more important than anything else to ensure that all workers make safety part of their lives."

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