Bangladesh: Shipbreaking yards continue to pose safety risks for workers

Author: IndustriALL, Published on: 31 May 2019

"Safety crisis in Bangladesh shipbreaking yards continues", 29 May 2019

 At least eight workers have been killed, and 35 injured this year in accidents in Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards. The number of fatalities since 2017 is around 47.

The series of recent accidents point to a massive safety crisis in the Bangladeshi shipbreaking industry...

...Employers’ negligence, coupled with poor inspections, a lack of implementation of safety measures by authorities, inadequate training on safe shipbreaking methods and workers unable to get appropriate protective equipment are major causes behind the accidents.

Kan Matsuzaki, IndustriALL shipbreaking director, says: “The negligence of employers and government officials leads to frequent accidents and the Bangladesh Ship Recycling Act of 2018 needs to be strictly implemented...We reiterate our demand that the Bangladeshi government needs to move faster to ratify and implement the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.”

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