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Union criticises Hutchison safety record as docker dies

Trade union leaders at Hutchison’s Jakarta container terminal has criticised the company’s safety record after a worker was killed at the terminal.

Nova Hakim, union branch chair at 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 International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and SPJICT are calling on the company to conduct an official inquiry into the death and the circumstance surrounding how this worker fell overboard.

International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) President Paddy Crumlin extended his sympathies to the dead man’s loved ones and added: “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?

“Falls from height – and falls overboard – are 100% preventable,” he continued, “On a modern vessel, there is no reason why a worker should die from a fall from height with proper inspections, proper management of the work environment, proper equipment and engineering controls. 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.”

He continued to question whether management thoroughly inspected the vessel on arrival, as he argued they should have done.