In relation to the collapse of an apartment building in Hwajeong-dong, Gwangju, Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Noh Hyung-wook said, “If we find illegal matters such as poor management responsibility, we will punish them with zero tolerance.” The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport formed the Construction Accident Investigation Committee to identify the cause of the accident and prepare measures to prevent recurrence.
The structure of a high-rise apartment building under construction in Hwajeong-dong, Seo-gu, Gwangju, collapsed. yunhap news
Minister Roh visited the accident site on the 12th and said, “The life or death of six workers has not been confirmed yet, and a prompt search and rescue of these workers is of paramount importance.”
Immediately after the accident, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport dispatched the head of the Technology Policy Division, officials from the Iksan Regional Homeland Management Administration, and experts from the Homeland Safety Management Agency to assess the situation at the site. Minister Roh said, “There is still a risk of additional accidents, so it is important to secure site safety as soon as possible to prevent further damage.”
Minister Roh said, “We will form a construction accident investigation committee for this accident to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident, and we will strictly punish illegal matters such as lack of management responsibility with zero tolerance.” “I feel a heavy responsibility for the collapse of a building following the death of nine innocent citizens,” he added.
Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Noh Hyung-wook (front row, middle) visits the site of the collapse of an apartment building in Hwajeong-dong, Gwangju on the 12th and listens to the accident status from officials. Provided by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on the same day that the ‘Construction Accident Investigation Committee’ was formed and operated to clearly identify the cause of the accident and to prepare measures to prevent recurrence of similar accidents. The Construction Accident Investigation Committee is an organization operated by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the ordering agency, and the local government to investigate the circumstances and causes of major construction accidents in which 3 or more people died, 10 or more people were injured, or required reconstruction due to collapse or overturning of facilities. .
The committee is chaired by Professor Kim Gyu-yong of Chungnam National University and is composed of experts from academia and industry. It was composed of 10 experts in related fields, including 4 construction workers, 4 building structures, and 1 law. They plan to work independently for about two months until March 12. Each member will analyze the cause of the accident and come up with measures to prevent recurrence by conducting an on-site investigation and reviewing relevant documents such as design documents and design/construction adequacy.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said, “We plan to identify the cause of the accident through a comprehensive investigation such as the appropriateness of site safety management as well as technical review such as compliance with design and construction regulations. After the investigation is completed, all processes and results of the accident investigation will be transparently disclosed.”