Worker falls to his death at Hyundai Heavy

A 39-year-old worker became the eighth man yesterday to die this year at a yard controlled by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), sparking anger among local trade unions. The man fell from some scaffolding while working on a project for Norway’s Statoil.

Five of the eight people to have died at HHI yards this year have been subcontractors.

“It is appalling that workers still have to die due to dangerous working conditions despite a series of similar kinds of deaths at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyards,” said Park Hye-young from Solidarity for Worker’s Health. “This just shows the company’s indifference to workers’ deaths.”


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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