Extra! Korea

October 4, 2009

On-job deaths and injuries of foreign workers rises

Filed under: multicultural society — extrakorea @ 10:33 am

This is sad to read, especially in light of the government’s lip service to a multicultural society. As one person astutely pointed out, the government only embraces top-down, chaebol-style multiculturalism in which foreigners know their role and place, as opposed to organic multiculturalism which grows from people negotiating at the grassroots level.

The [construction] sector has often been criticized for its lack of adherence to safety rules.

No sh*&, Sherlock.


  1. Food for your thoughts:

    87 deaths per year, that’s roughly 700% the death toll of “swine flu”.

    Comment by Teadrinker — October 5, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  2. More foreign workers in “3-D jobs” is likely going to mean more accidents and even more deaths among foreign workers in 3-D jobs. This does not make a case of maltreatment of foreign workers just because they’re foreign workers. The problem would be the same in those industries even if the workers were Korean nationals.

    Now the real problem, though, is that many of them are in the country illegally and therefore not part of the “universal” health care system. There are government-sponsored or -supported programs, such as the establishment of hospitals like this to address the problem, though there is always more to be done.

    Comment by kushibo — October 7, 2009 @ 11:21 am

  3. 87 deaths per year, that’s roughly 700% the death toll of “swine flu”.

    In the US, where swine flu prevention was less strenuous, there have been sixty times more deaths in a country with six times the population. Had South Korea been lax in a similar way, it would have had about 100 deaths from swine flu.

    The purpose of trying to stop H1N1 infection in its tracks was to curtail new infections as much as possible so this strain for which little resistance was in the population would not have a chance to mutate to something considerably deadlier before vaccines were available. South Koreans did a commendable job, the occasional overreaction notwithstanding.

    Comment by kushibo — October 7, 2009 @ 11:24 am

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