A South Korean solider who was working on the operation of transport for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics has died after slipping while taking a shower, the Army and the Games' Organising Committee has said today.
Yonhap reports that according to Pyeongchang 2018, the enlisted Army corporal, whose name was not made public, died inside a public shower room in his quarters in the Olympic host city at 10.35pm yesterday.
He reportedly slipped while going into the room, hit the steel-framed glass door and was fatally injured by the subsequent shattered glass.
Officials say he died during treatment having been taken to a nearby hospital.
The military is investigating the exact cause of the accident.
"The Organising Committee will cooperate with the military in its investigation and map out plans, such as upgrades of facilities, to prevent further accidents," Pyeongchang 2018 said in a statement.
Upon his arrival in Pyeongchang today, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach gave words of condolences to the late soldier.
"I learned with great sadness on the plane coming over here about the tragic death of the member of the workforce," the German told reporters.
He added: "I would like to express our sincere condolences and all our sympathy to his family and friends, to Pyeongchang 2018, to everybody who knew him."
Last week, South Korean authorities - including the military, police and fire departments - started security checks on facilities for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, which are scheduled to take place from February 9 to 25.
In all, 740 officials from 19 Government agencies will conduct safety and security operations on 18 Olympic venues up until February 5.
As reported by Yonhap, this will include stadiums, the Athletes' Villages and the press centre.
Following the conclusion of the checks, the Olympic facilities will be placed under tight control through the use of roadblocks, security screens and CCTV.
This is the latest in a series of anti-terrorism measures taking place before the Games.
Last month, it was reported that South Korean police officers had conducted a number of security drills to prepare for events including hostage situations, vehicles ramming a stadium and bombs attached to drones.
Additionally, South Korean authorities deported 17 foreign nationals who were deemed a security threat for the Games.
Fears of a terrorist attack at the Games had been heightened due to increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula towards the end of last year.
However, the announcement earlier this month that both North and South Korean athletes will march under a unified flag at the Opening Ceremony and compete on the same women's ice hockey team has resulted in a slight easing of fears.