Worker killed at shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh

Worker killed at shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh

Another worker at a Bangladeshi ship recycling facility died yesterday. Akkas Ali, 45, was killed by a falling steel plate while working at Asad Steel Ship-Breaking Yard in Chittagong.

At least 13 workers were killed in accidents in shipbreaking yards in Chittagong last year. Around 60 workers were killed and 125 others injured in accidents at Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards in the last five and a half years, according to the Ship-breaking Workers’ Trade Union Forum.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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    January 20, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Sadly, safety will be ignored until such time as it begins to become a heavy financial issue. If the government doesn’t fine the yards or there are not significant law suit settlements and etc., life remains cheap.
    It’s too bad that people are dying uselessly, mainly in third world countries but it isn’t going to change. A safety culture simply cannot and will not evolve on its own.