Two killed in shipbreaking accident

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published at 11:28pm on August 31, 2019

At least two shipbreaking workers were killed and 10 injured on Saturday at Sitakund in an accident at a yard.

The deceased were Aminul Islam, 56 and Tushar Chakma, 27.

The accident occurred at around 5:45pm on Saturday in Jiri Subedar Ship Breaking Yard in Bara Aulia area of Sitakund upazila in Chattogram, said Sitakund police station’s sub-inspector Shamim Sheikh.

He said that the yard workers were working in a scrap ship when suddenly  an iron rope tore down and fell on them, killing two and injured 10 workers.

Among the injured, three workers – Alamgir Hossain, 35, Jyoti Chakma. 47, Faruk Ahmed, 32 – were admitted to Chattogram Medical College Hospital and the others were admitted to Al Amin Hospital.

CMCH police outpost SI Johirul Islam said when co-workers brought Aminul and Tushar to the CMCH doctors on duty declared them dead.

Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments inspector Palash Das said that they would go for inspection of the accident spot today.

 Earlier on July 31, three workers died and four others were injured in Mak Corporation at Shitalpur in Sonaichhari union of Sitakund after inhaling toxic gas while they were cutting a ship.

In May, a worker of Premier Trade Corporation and Mahinur Ship Recycling Yard died in a fire that broke out while a ship was being dismantled there.

Tapan Dutta, convener of Shipbreaking Workers Trade Union Forum, said that workplace casualties have now become a regular phenomenon as government agencies concerned have no strict monitoring of the yards.

The casualties occur as most shipbreaking yards hardly follow occupational safety standards and as the owners do not provide adequate personal protection equipment (PPE), said the labour leader.

He said the situation is very alarming as at least 15 workers died till August 31 of this year.