A few days ago on Thursday October 26, an explosion ripped apart a firework factory in Kosambi, Tangerang, Banten in East Java, Indonesia. The explosion and the subsequent fire killed at least 47 workers and injured many more. The explosion was thought to have been triggered by a faulty electrical connection. Firework factories are notoriously dangerous workplaces with tragic workplace disasters common around the world (see here, here and here). Only independent and democratically run unions can guarantee the safety and health of workers at workplaces.