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(Jan 02, 2008) The Daegu District Court ordered an asbestos cloth making company to pay 160 million won in compensation to the bereaved family of a former worker on December 4, 2007. This was the first court ruling in Korea for compensation for asbestosis. The court acknowledged the company's negligence in providing worker safety.

The level of awareness of asbestos-related health problems was low until very recently. After a report warned that passengers had been exposed to asbestos from the ceilings and platforms of subways, the government started to plan stricter regulations on asbestos in February 2007. Korea implemented asbestos measures in July 2007. A basic survey of the damage is expected in 2008 and a systematic inquiry in 2009. (Asbestos Victim's Family in Landmark Legal Victory, CHOSUNILBO, Dec. 5, 2007, available at http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200712/200712050016.html; Ban on Asbestos to Take Effect in 2009, ARIRANG NEWS, Feb. 5, 2007, available at http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200702/200702050011.html; Domyung Paek, Asbestos Problems Yet to Explode in Korea, 9 INT'L J OCCUP ENVIRON HEALTH 3, 266 (2003).)

Author: Sayuri Umeda More by this author
Topic: Workers safety and health More on this topic
Jurisdiction: South Korea More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 01/02/2008