Harry Suliztiarto

Ashoka Fellow
Bandung, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2012


This profile was prepared when Harry Suliztiarto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
At a 2005 meeting of corporations and government officials about workplace safety in Indonesia, Harry heard a message from industry heads that struck a nerve: it was easier to pay for a worker’s fall than invest in safety. Having pioneered the first national mountaineering club, Harry knew this was wrong. No one needed to fall and he had the skills to change this.

Seizing the moment when a rapidly growing construction industry was becoming wary of liability to workplace scandal, Harry set out to develop the infrastructure needed to ensure safety of workers at height, the group most vulnerable to workplace fatalities. He developed reinforcing components: government enforced work-at-height (WaH) regulation standards, a training certification system and workforce to train others, and the start of a low-cost domestic equipment industry to lower the cost to companies who provide safety equipment to workers at height. Through an approach that both pushes the government to raise their standards and enables champion companies to establish a new paradigm for worker safety, Harry has catalyzed a new sector that ensures safety, and advances the profession of working at height.
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