Pakistan: Blast at ship breaking yard calls for safe working conditions

On 1 November, a major blast caused by several gas cylinder explosions onboard an oil production and storage tanker killed at least 26 workers, while more than 60 are reportedly injured. It is feared that the death toll will increase as many workers are in a critical state suffering from severe burn injuries. More workers are missing and reportedly still remain stuck in the ship. The NGOs have denounced working conditions at shipbreakign yard in Gadani, Pakistan and the Pakistan National Trade Union Federation has announced three days mourning and a strike at all yards. A high-level committee formed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the causes of the fire held its first meeting in the port city of Karachi Saturday and said it would finalise a report within a week

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22 January 2017

Pakistan: Families of Gadani ship fire victims get compensation

Author: Dawn [Pakistan]

The Gadani ship-breaking yard owners and representatives of the Balochistan government on Saturday handed over Rs18 million compensation cheques to the legal heirs of nine victims of the Nov 1 tragedy...Each family was provided with Rs2 million (Rs1.5 million by the ship-breakers while Rs500,000 by the Baluchistan government) as per decision made earlier by the trade union, ship breaking yard owners and Balochistan government.

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7 November 2016

Gadani shipbreaking blast: Death toll rises to 26

Author: Daily Pakistan

Twenty six people have so far been perished in a massive fire at Gadani ship-breaking yard last week, officials said Sunday, while over 40 people are still in critical condition...Pakistan has banned all activities at the shipbreaking yard in Gadani and a probe is underway...A high-level committee formed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the causes of the fire held its first meeting in the port city of Karachi Saturday and said it would finalise a report within a week.

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7 November 2016

Gadani tragedy fuels calls for safe working conditions

Author: Saher Baloch, Dawn [Pakistan]

A large number of labourers working at the ship-breaking yard in Gadani have called for payment of compensation to the families of workers who lost their lives in the Nov 1 accident..Work at the ship-breaking yard remained suspended for the fourth day...The protest was organised by the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF). Addressing the protesters, NTUF general secretary Nasir Mansoor called for doing away with the contract (Thekedari) system at the ship-breaking yard...If we want safe working conditions, certain issues need to be immediately addressed...he added.

 

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3 November 2016

Pakistan: A deadly blast shows the dangers of ship graveyards

Author: Talat Al-Khatib, www.seeker.com

At least 17 people died and dozens more suffered injuries following an explosion...at the Gadani ship breaking yard in Pakistan. Over 200 employees were working on stripping down an unused oil tanker when the incident occurred at Gadani, one of the largest ship breaking yards in the world...The tragedy marks the single worst accident in ship breaking history ever reported, but the industry is not exactly one that prioritizes worker safety, as explosions, falls and other hazards threaten laborers' lives every day, as Nicola Mulinaris with the NGO Shipbreaking Platform...explains...Explosions and falls that injure or kill workers are also common in the industry. Protective gear, such as breathing masks to prevent workers from toxic fumes, and adequate training are not common in the industry...Over the long term, the exposure to toxic fumes, hazardous materials and unhealthy working and living conditions as a result of the job increase the risks of both debilitating and fatal health conditions, such as cancer or asbestosis — lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos.

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1 November 2016

NGOs denounce dangerous working conditions after major explosion at Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan killing at least 21 workers in Pakistan

Author: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

A major blast caused by several gas cylinder explosions onboard an oil production and storage tanker, beached at Gadani shipbreaking plot number 56, killed at least 21 workers yesterday. More than 60 workers are reported injured. It is feared that the death toll will increase as many workers are in a critical state suffering from severe burn injuries. More workers are missing and reportedly still remain stuck in the ship. 24 hours after the blast, the fire on the vessel is not put out...The NGO Shipbreaking Platform is calling for the closure of the Gadani beaching yards and for a move of the industry off the beach to areas that are under strict control, using alternative and safer methods in docks or along piers.

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