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What is 'frigidity in safety’?

In recent years, our country has been through several catastrophic accidents such as the 'Sewol Ferry accident', the 'Daegu subway accident', and the 'ventilator accident' just to name a few. My intention is to inform you of what 'frigidity in safety' is and why we are prone to this and how we can overcome this crucial issue.

So, what is it? 'Frigidity in safety' is a symptom which occurs when our sense of security becomes dull and we become familiar with a situation so that we do not feel the risk we are in. That is, even though the circumstances are risky, the person in danger thinks that he or she is safe. Despite the fact that when people are in potential danger, they have the tendency to brush aside their own safety which leads to an accident. Then, what is the probable cause for 'frigidity in safety'?

First of all, it is due to the growth-oriented policies in the industrial era. Compared to other countries, our country had a late industrial era. So, to shorten this gap, we had to speed up the pace. This kind of action resulted in a policy that was centered on industrial growth which ultimately led to consequences such as the government being neglectful to the welfare and safety of its citizens.

Secondly, it's the ignorance of safety. An accurate circumstantial judgement and being fully aware of a situation is needed to prevent accidents from occurring. However, people are not aware of their situations and so they carry on with what they are doing.

Finally, it is due to the fact that people have the tendency of being too optimistic. It may seem as though it is not a big deal, but this could be the most crucial factor of all. Although it is fully preventable, people's thoughts tend to lean on the notion of 'not me!' and ignore the basic rules. This type of mentality can cause harm not only to that person but, also, do harm to unspecified individuals. Then, what kind of precautions can we take to resolve this matter?

First and foremost, it is to conduct a periodical and systematic education in safety for the people in public institutions. By carrying out this type of education, it is possible to increase the safety level of those people.

Secondly, it is for the media to constantly provide information to the public regarding safety tips to prepare oneself in the event of danger. This would prevent any additional damages.

Third, all agencies should go through regular inspections to prevent accidents in the first place. No matter how trivial it may be, they should never leave any flaws that may cause accidents.

Finally, being optimistic in safety is the worst. Never be optimistic when safety is needed. Don't think and act as if someone else is going to rescue you or think, “It can't possible happen to me.” There is no guarantee whether someone would know where you are and accidents could happen to anyone in any place.

By Jeong Seung-in, reporter

'Frigidity in safety' is a symptom which results when our sense of security becomes dull

Seung-in Jeong  samcandothat@naver.com

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