ITF demands investigation into sequence of terminal deaths in Jakarta

A worker has died in an accident at the Hutchison terminal in Jakarta, the fourth fatality in 15 months at the terminal, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which described the terminal as having an atrocious safety record.

Nova Hakim, chair of the Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT) said: “We are shocked and alarmed by the continuing carnage at the Hutchison’s terminal in Jakarta. Two workers have died within two months, and four within the past 15 months. This is an atrocious record that speaks for itself.” The ITF said that the worker died as the result of a fall.

Both The ITF and SPJICT want Hutchison to conduct an official inquiry into the death. ITF president Paddy Crumlin said that “Hutchison needs to answer serious questions. Was this man provided with adequate fall protection? Was the outboard fencing on this vessel complete and compliant with international and class standards?” Crumlin said that falls from height and falls overboard were “100% preventable” on a modern vessel. “When a person falls overboard, management are often quick to blame the worker. We need to dig deeper to find the root causes of this horrible tragedy,” Crumlin said.