It was belatedly known that the CEO of Costco visited the mortuary of a cart worker in his 30s who died of a heat illness while working at the Costco Hanam branch last 안전놀이터month and said, “Didn’t you hide your illness and join the company?”
On the 27th , SBS reported an interview with the bereaved family of Kim Dong-ho (30), who died of heat-related illness while managing shopping carts in a parking lot in the heat wave last month.
The deceased’s father, Kim Gil-seong, said, “(Son) couldn’t leave early because the rest of the co-workers would be too hard if he fell out.” He said, “I had an illness, so I hid it and joined the company.”
Earlier, on the 19th of last month, when a heat wave warning was issued, Mr. Kim fell unconscious while working in a mart parking lot around 7:00 pm.
Kim was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulances after receiving a report, but was pronounced dead about two hours later. According to the hospital, Kim’s final cause of death was ‘pulmonary embolism and excessive dehydration due to heat’.
Mr. Kim changed his job from a full-time cashier to managing a parking lot cart two weeks before the accident. But soon after, he suffered a catastrophe.
In particular, Mr. Kim is known to have walked as many as 43,000 steps a day while managing the cart. The distance is about 26 km.
Mr. Kim had no problems as a result of the health check he received before being deployed to the parking lot, but Costco rather doubted that he was hiding the disease, and has not issued an official apology or expression of regret after the accident. In addition, to the bereaved family’s request to provide CCTV
footage for industrial accident applications, Costco replied, “It takes 2 to 3 weeks to prepare the video.” Eventually, the bereaved family sent a complaint to Costco’s US headquarters. Kim Gil-seong said, “I think someone must take responsibility,” and “I don’t know if no response is the best way for them, but killing our bereaved family twice or three times.”