Indonesia: Multiple safety violations of firework plant result in 49 deaths; authorities suspect violations prevalent among thousands other factories
Author: Reuters, Bangkok Post, Published on: 5 November 2017
"'Multiple violations' at doomed Indonesian fireworks plant", 04 November 2017
Police investigating a fire that killed 49 people at a fireworks factory…found multiple safety violations at the plant, which was crammed with three times the number of workers allowed.
…Government officials and survivors show that at the time of the fire, the factory was overcrowded, had only one exit, and a single mid-sized fire extinguisher….
Survivors told Reuters they had not had any emergency training or drills, and were not familiar with evacuation routes….
Police have detained the owner and operations manager of the company on suspicion of negligence leading to death. They face at least five years in prison if found guilty.
…The parent company of PT Panca Buana Cahaya Sukses said the firm would pay for all survivors' medical treatment…
Authorities suspect that violations are rampant among thousands of factories in the area, and they are threatening to close any don't meet safety requirements.
…The company in question…was issued a permit to employ up to 35 people, but had actually recruited over 100.
Related companies: PT Panca Buana Cahaya Sukses