Korean drama filming set situation can be harsh. Staffs are often overworked and underpaid. It was reported in an interview by The Korea Times of one former drama PD trainee that she has been working twenty hours a day for $177 monthly wage. In the interview, she mentioned the rough life of drama staff.
On August 1st, it was reported that a male staff in charge of camera for the drama “Still 17” passed away at his house on the same day.
Sadly, it is not the first time such a news appear. It also not have been long that the news of a staff working for “Hwayugi” seriously injured on the set.
This time, it is suspected that the man might have passed away due to work conditions in the harsh heat wave. Currently, in Korea, the temperature is at its highest. Even on July 23rd, it was the hottest summer morning in Korea for 111 years.
The police is still under investigation to determine the reason of his decease.
The man was in his thirties. OSEN reported that the media labor union says, “From July 25th to 29th, during these 5 days, they filmed 76 hours outside. While the law mentioned 60 hours.” Overwork under the heat wave might be the reason for his decease.
The team A of the drama canceled the filming and has been to the mortuary on the 2nd. They resume filming today (August 3rd). The team B that rested last month on the 30th and 31st filmed as planned.