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Scrap metal workers risk life and limb in Belah Kapal

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 24 2019   /  01:18 am
Nerves of steel: Metal scrappers chop up parts of old ships on 2 hectares of open yard at the end of Belah Kapal alley, on the coast of Kalibaru in Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Friday. Accidents often occur as they swelter under the hot sun, ranging from blisters caused by the heat of the plates and cutting tools, stifled breathing from inhaling heavy smoke and flakes of rust, to severe abrasions from being hit by large iron plates.(JP/Budi Sutrisno)(JP/Budi Sutrisno)

Nerves of steel: Metal scrappers chop up parts of old ships on 2 hectares of open yard at the end of Belah Kapal alley, on the coast of Kalibaru in Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Friday. Accidents often occur as they swelter under the hot sun, ranging from blisters caused by the heat of the plates and cutting tools, stifled breathing from inhaling heavy smoke and flakes of rust, to severe abrasions from being hit by large iron plates.(JP/Budi Sutrisno)A cacophony of metal bashing together filled the air along the shore of Kalibaru in Cilincing, North Jakarta, on a sweltering Friday morning.With acetylene torches in their hands, dozens of workers cut parts off old ships in a 2-hectare yard located near an alley, fittingly named Belah Kapal (Ship Breaking).“It’s a metal-recycling business. Ships that are aged 20 to 30 years or can no longer operate because of severe damage will be cut up...