Most Workplace Deaths Occur Among New Recruits

  • By Kim Yeon-ju

    February 22, 2021 13:10

    Six out of every 10 workers who die in industrial accidents are new recruits with less than six months on the job, and 78 percent of workplace deaths occur in smaller businesses.

    According to data from the Ministry of Employment and Labor on Sunday, a total of 2,486 workers died in industrial accidents over the past three years.

    Some 1,547 or 62.2 percent of them had been in the job less than six months, followed by those who had worked there between six months and a year (9.8 percent) and between one and two years (8.3 percent).

    Businesses with fewer than 50 employees accounted for a whopping 77.6 percent of all workplace deaths with 1,927. The larger businesses were, the smaller the number of work-related deaths -- 854 in businesses with fewer than five workers, 1,073 with five to 49 employees, 416 at those with 50 to 299 employees, 98 at those with 300 to 999 employees, and just 45 at those with more than 1,000 employees.

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