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Four More Shipbreakers Killed in Bangladesh; Three Injured and in Critical Condition

April, 04 2014 Share

Arafin Yard-ships Racer Express (left) and Kauntah Abllehko (right), where accident took place)

Photo of Arafin shipbreaking yard taken following the accident.  There are two ships now being dismantled, Racer Express (foreground) and the Kauntah Abllehko, where the accident took place.

 

At 3:45 p.m. on April 3, 2014, a gas cylinder exploded at the Arafin Enterprise shipbreaking yard in Kadamrasul, Chittagong.  Four workers were killed and three others severely injured.

The four young men who lost their lives are:

  • Joshim, 30 years old.  (Joshim was married just three months ago.)
  • Faruk, 25 years old
  • Arif, 28 years old
  • Gias, 30 years old

The cylinder was full of poisonous carbon dioxide.  The four workers were taken to the Al Amin clinic where they were declared dead.

 

Background

Arafin Enterprise shipbreaking yard is owned by Mr. Gias Uddin Chowdhury. 

A signboard at the yard’s gate says “SAFETY FIRST.”  But workers report that they have little or no safety gear. There is not doctor in the yard, and not even a first aid box.  Arafin Enterprise’s owner failed to clean the ship of dangerous substances before the work of scrapping them began.

Arafin Yard gate (Safety First)

Gate to Arafin shipbreaking yard bears sign that declares: “Safety First.” (photo credit: Daily Star)

 

Four hundred and eighty-five contract workers toil at Arafin Enterprise, where at present two ships are being scrapped.   The day shift works from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., while the night shift works from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

“Helpers” are paid just 30 to 31 cents an hour, while “cuttermen” earn 44 to 47 cents an hour.

The yard has no proper place to eat, and there are just four toilets, which are always filthy.

More details will follow.

 

Gias (left) Josim (right) 2014-04-04 09 53 42 (2)

Gias, 32 years old (left), Joshim (right), 30 years old, recently married.

Faruk-deceased worker at Arafin yard Arif-deceased worker at Arafin yard (2)
Faruk, 25 years old.

Arif, 28 years old.

 

 

 

More about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh

2009 documentary "Where Ships and Workers Go to Die"

2009 report about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh