In booming Jakarta, Indonesia, work-related deaths eclipse deaths by car accidents
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia is one of the biggest cities and fastest growing cities in the world. It’s ranked 13th in population, and since 2007, the population has grown from 7.5 million people to 10.1 million as of Nov. 2011.
As the population grows, so does the construction of more buildings.
And what else has grown is workplace accidents.
According to the Jakarta Globe, nine people died every day in work-related or construction accidents in 2012, according to insurance company Jamsostek.
In a press release, Afdiwar Anwar, the service division head, said that insurance claims in West Java and Banten reached $14.4 million, or 139.6 billion in Indonesian currency.
The release went on to mention that the high number of work-related accidents was due to negligence by companies to follow the occupational safety and health standards, called K3. The program was designed to specifically curtail the amount of workplace accidents, but according to the release, only 2.1 percent of 15,000 “large companies” in Indonesia practice what K3 preaches.
“If companies realize the importance of K3 management system, it can curb the number of work-related accidents,” Afdiwar said in the release.
Could you imagine an America without OSHA?
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