The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Manpower and Transmigration Agency has said that the majority of construction projects in the capital city are unsafe.
“As much as 80 percent of the projects did not meet standards,” Khadik Triyanto, the agency’s head of manpower monitoring, said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. The standards he referred to are stipulated in Ministerial Regulation No. 1/1980 on construction work safety.
Khadik said the figure was the result of last November's inspection on 35 existing projects.
The indications of a substandard project were apparent in the mandatory project report submitted to the agency, he said, as mandated in Article 2 of the regulation.
“A large number of projects also lack occupational safety and health [K3] structures, as well as standard operating procedures for its workers,” said Khadik, and that most of the construction workers were observed to have permits and licenses, but not the necessary skills.
Khadik added that he planned to deploy 43 supervisors to oversee the projects, as well as to gather data on the number of ongoing construction projects.
“I will also invite high-risk contractors, so that we can see an improvement [in on-site safety],” he said.
The latest construction accident occurred on Sunday in South Jakarta, where a woman was killed when an iron bar from the Pasar Rumput low-cost rental apartment project fell and struck her head. (jlm)