Posted on October 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two workers have died after inhaling toxic gas at a Bangladeshi shipbreaking yard.
Reportedly, the incident occurred during the evening hours of October the 12th, at the OWW shipbreaking yard in Chittagong.
According to local police, the deaths occurred at 18:20 pm. Local sources suggest that the two workers fell ill after falling into a gas tank while working on an old ship.
The Sitakunda police station has identified the two individuals as Saiful Islam and Masudul Islam.
The two workers were rushed immediately to the Chittagong Medical College Hospital; they arrived there at approximately 21:20 but died while undergoing treatment.
Improper safety procedures have long been a major issue at Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards.
Back in August, we saw two workers killed and several others injured, when the rope ladder that they were using broke, plummeting the unfortunate group of workers to their deaths.
In July, we witnessed the death of a steel cutter who was working on the Evergreen Marine Containership, EVER UNION.
According to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform over 24 workers have died in South Asian shipbreaking yards in 2018 alone.