Eight workers hospitalised after blast at Chittagong shipbreaking yard

Eight workers hospitalised after blast at Chittagong shipbreaking yard

A leak in a gas cylinder led to an explosion yesterday morning at Shital Enterprise scrap yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, injuring eight workers.

According to local papers, the explosion occurred when workers started a fire to light up an area of the vessel setting off the explosion, however the yard’s administration says it was a worker lighting up a cigarette in violation of safety procedures that caused the blast. A leak in a cylinder had filled the area with gas.

Eight workers were sent to hospital, with five of them admitted to a burn and surgery unit in critical condition.

The case has been filed with local police who will investigate the cause of the incident.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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