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Government to step up on safety checks for all major facilities and student trips Updated: 2014-04-24 06:27:58 KST

Government to step up on safety checks for all major facilities and student trips

The Sewol-ho ferry tragedy has forced the government to take a look at the level of safety awareness and preparedness in the nation.
To make sure such accidents are prevented in the future, the government said Wednesday that it plans to carry out intensive safety checks on all major industrial and transportation facilities in the nation.
The inspections were ordered by President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Chung Hong-won.
Improper safety inspections have been blamed as one of the reasons for the disaster.
Some of the facilities that will be subject to the checks include industrial complexes, trains, ports, tunnels and bridges, as well as ships, like the Sewol-ho ferry.
The nationwide inspection is set to begin on May 9th, but the government will first ask the government and civilian operators of such facilities to carry out voluntary safety checks for two weeks.
Meanwhile, a new law called the "Student Safety Act" was passed by a subcommittee within the National Assembly on Wednesday.
It would require all schools to conduct a safety education process, before going on school trips.
In addition, the culture ministry also hopes to make "Student Safety Day" a national holiday.
They plan to speak with family members of five students who were killed last summer while attending a Marine Corps camp for help organizing it.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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