Bangladesh: Highest number of deaths in shipbreaking sector this quarter; groups call for compliance with international safety standards
"Bangladesh shipbreaking sector sees highest quarterly death toll", 7 October 2021
Bangladesh shipbreaking yards have seen a record-breaking number of fatalities this quarter. According to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, at least seven workers lost their lives while scrapping vessels on the beach of Chattogram – the worst quarter in terms of the number of accidents in Bangladeshi shipbreaking history.
A few weeks ago, seven separate accidents that killed five workers were reported by the platform. Since then, two more fatalities have occurred. The fatalities were caused by explosions, falls from height, falling steel plates and exposure to toxic fumes.
Twelve accidents, causing nine deaths and twelve injuries, have been registered at SN Corporation since 2009. In 2021 alone, two workers died and five suffered severe burns at the yard.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has called for a move of the industry to dry-dock operations, compliance with occupational health and safety standards as well as established workers’ rights, and accountability for the management of hazardous wastes originating from ships in line with international law.