[보도자료press_release]삼성중공업의 마틴 링게 프로젝트 건조 중 발생한 크레인 사고 관련 공개 질의서발송

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삼성중공업 크레인 사고 마린링게 프로젝트의 공동시공사인

Technip과 마틴링게 프로젝트의 발주사인 Total E&P Norge, Equinor(구 Statoil),

Petoro AS에 공개질의서 발송

2017년 5월 1일 삼성중공업 크레인 사고

발주사 및 시공사의 책임을 밝히고자 한다.

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Eunju Lee, Activist, MCGMAWHS, +82-10-3575-0489, mklabor@chol.com

Donghyun Kim, Attorney at Law, KLPH, +82-364-1210, dhkim@hopeandlaw.org
PRESS RELEASE

 Open Letters to Buyers and Shipbuilders, Clarifying the Responsibilities at Samsung Heavy Industries Crane Accident

SEOUL, South Korea, November 29, 2018 - NGOs have sent open inquiries to Total E&P Norge, Equinor, Petoro AS, the Technip, as well as to Samsung Heavy Industries to clarify the responsibilities at Samsung Heavy Industries crane accident dated May 1, 2017.

On May 1, 2017, during construction of a Martin Linge oil platform at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, a Goliath crane and Jib tower crane collided. Officials reported that the accident killed six workers and injured 25 others. However, there were scores of additional casualties not included in the official statistics. At the time of the accident, more than 300 workers witnessed the accident and suffered from trauma resulting therein yet are not receiving nor have received any according treatment or support.

Despite the fact that the accident was over a year ago, there is much information about the causes and those responsible for the accident that has yet to be clarified. However, the Government of the Republic of Korea did issue a report named the Investigative Report on the Serious Occupational Accidents in the Shipbuilding Industry[1] on September 1 2018 identifying some of the major causes of accidents overall in the Korean shipbuilding industry.

The direct cause of the crane accident was the result of having both the Goliath crane and Jib crane in the confines of one workshop. However, statements by senior officer of Samsung Heavy Industries and other employees of subcontractors given to investigative agencies reflect that this method of working was very unusual and certainly not the prototypical method used in the field.

From the information gathered and common practice in the shipbuilding industry, it is reasonable to infer that the joint construction company Technip and buyers Total E & P Norge, Equinor, Petoro AS were engaged in this unusual method of working. However, whether the buyers were participated in the decision, and, if any, the extent of these companies’ participation is still unknown.

Additionally, Samsung Heavy Industries did not conduct a preliminary risk assessment despite the fact that the change of the above-mentioned work method was an official emergency procedure. At the time of the accident, buyer Total E&P Norge was required under Norwegian law to have installed a proper set of barriers and conduct barrier management to protect workers during their construction of the Martin Linge platform. To this point, it is still unknown whether or not Total E&P Norge carried out a safety inspection, and, if any, how Total E&P Norge identified the method of working as a risk and carried out the barrier management.

The Samsung Heavy Industries Martin Linge Project Crane Accident Workers Support Team (hereinafter referred to as the “Worker Support Team”) and Korean Transnational Corporations Watch (hereinafter referred to as the KTNC Watch) have sent open inquiries to Total E&P Norge, Equinor, Petoro AS, the co-contractor Technip, as well as to Samsung Heavy Industries. In sending out these questionnaires, we would like to confirm what kinds of discussions were had as well as what measures were taken in regard to both the installation and operation of the cranes as well as the risk of accident therein.

The Worker Support Team will pursue legal and quasi-legal procedures upon receiving and reviewing the questionnaire responses from the previously mentioned companies.

The Samsung Heavy Industries Martin Linge Project Crane Accident Workers Support Team is a coalition of Korean NGOs, for providing support to workers who suffer from either significant physical or mental damage at the hands of the accidents that occurred during the building of the Martin Linge oil platform at Samsung Heavy Industries.

The Samsung Heavy Industries Martin Linge Project Crane Accident Workers Support Team

Masan Changwon Geoje Movement Association for Workers' Health and Safety (MCGMAWHS)

Korean Metal Workers` Union Legal Center

MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democratic Society KYUNGNAM

The Korean Transnational Corporations Watch is a coalition of Korean NGOs that advocate for human rights and the protection of the environment and local communities against corporate malfeasance.

The Korean Transnational Corporations Watch

Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL)

Corporation for All

Gong Gam Human Rights Law Foundation

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU)

Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM)

Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS)

Korean Lawyers for Public Interest and Human Rights (KLPH)

MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democratic Society `s Labor Committee

"Please see attached documents"

[1] https://www.moel.go.kr/policy/policydata/view.do;jsessionid=pIg32EXtg6qsnnme15KqqnONUH5QavjPsCaS0v7bddfLBMDN0kE4ElPLxpLqEGBk.moel_was_outside_servlet_www1?bbs_seq=20180900181
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