Death Trap!

A list of dead workers from the year of 2005 to 2012 (September):

A number of 90 workers died in last 7 years 9 months, more than one worker died on an average per month, according to the available information.  At least eight workers have lost their lives at the shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh this year, at least 12 shipbreaking workers died on the job in 2010 and at least 15 died in 2011. . Hundreds of end-of-life ships are dismantled every year on the beaches of South Asia without sufficient concern for environmental protection and workers’ rights. The figure is only confirming the deaths which were available to the local sources , media, police station, concerned government agencies, ngos etc. The figure only including the deaths which were occurred on the shipbreaking yards and while the workers were working in the yards. The death could be more than the mentioned figure as its not possible to get the information of some accidents which were hidden by the shipbreaking owners authorities. 

Accidents continue hitting the industry as the government did not properly comply with the HC order and let the owners operate without equipping their workers with necessary safety measures.

The HC in March 2009 directed the government not to allow any ship in Bangladesh without cleaning its in-built toxins.

In the order the HC considering the country's environmental degradation also ordered that The court also directed the Ministry of Environment and Forest to frame necessary rules on ship-breaking within three months relying on the obligations of Bangladesh under the Basel Convention, 1989, the Environment Conservation Act, 1995 and the Environment Conservation Rules, 1997. 

According to the existing environmental law, the ship-breaking yards are identified as category Red [extremely dangerous] and environmental clearance certificate is mandatory for them although ship-breaking yards had been operating without clearance.

Almost all of the yards scrap vessels on open beach and dismantle them manually, which is extremely risky for the workers. Each year many die and scores more suffer injuries in this industry.

List and Name of Dead workers because of accident -2005

Si

Name of the workers

Date of accident

Reason of accident

Name of the yard

Remarks

1

Md Ali
Age 35

17-08-2005

Electric shock in the ship

Manna Steel ship yard

 

2

Shahajahan
Age 20

--08-2005

Unknown

Raja Kashem’s yard

 

3

Yunus
Age 20

28-09-2005

Crashed by big iron plate

Unknown

 

4

Bimol Chandra
Age 22

27-09-2005

Hit by iron plate

Old Ambia ship yard

He was a cutter helper

5

Shumon
Age 25

26-10-2005

Hit by iron plate

Lucky ship yard

 

6

Abul Kalam
Age 35

03-12-2005

Suffocative injury by falling a lower tank full of toxic gas

Shogorika Shipbreaking yard

Three worker died in this incident

7

Siddique
Age 35

Same

Same

Same

 

8

Md. Rafique
Age 33

Same

Same

same

 

 

2006: Ten workers died in 2006, according to the available information

S.N

 Name of dead workers and age

Date of accident

Reason of accident

Name of the yard

Remarks

1

Didarul Alam
age- 20
Home district-

25-01-06

Falls from top the  ship

Foyzun Shipbreaking yard

 

2

Muhammad Mati
Age-27
Home district-Bagerhat

04-07-06

Slipping on wet surfaces and Big iron piece fall on the body

G.L.Ship Cutting yard

 

3

Muhammad Malak
Age-32
Home district-

07-07-06

Burned by Explosion fire while cutting in the lower deck of the ship. The dead body was not found

Harun Steel shipbreaking yard

Two workers died in this incident (# 3 and # 4 in the colum)

5

Muhammad Mizan
Age-28
Home district

07-07-06

Burned by explosion fire while cutting in the lower deck of the ship. The body was not found

Harun Steel shipbreaking yard

Two workers died in this incident (# 3 and # 4 in the colum)

5

Muhammad Zahangir Alam
Age-42

12-07-06

Senseless because Suffocation  by toxic gases and fall from the top of the ship in to a lower tank

Royal Shipbreaking yard

Two workers as  # 5 and #6 of the column died in the same accident

6

Abul Kalam
Age-25

12-07-06

Senseless because of Suffocation by toxic gases and fall from the top of the ship in to a lower tank

Royal Shipbreaking yard

See up

8

Hafizur Rahaman
Age-20
Home district-Rangpur

16-07-06

Fall under the big iron plate while loading iron plates to the truck

Sajeel Ship breaking yard

Joined, as a loader, in sipbreaking just one and half month before the accident

9

Kabir Ahmed
Age-30
Home district-Gaibandha

20-07-06

Smashed by the heavy iron plates while helping a cutter man to supply equipments

Namreen Ship yard

He was a cutter helper

10

Abdul Salam
Age-35
Home district-Naogaon

07-08-2006

Severely injured by Falling from top of the  ship and died on the way to hospital

Yard name not found

The dead body sent to home district very quickly

10

Muhammad Rased
Age-26
Home district-Noraiel 

06-11-2006

Suffocation by toxic gases in the lower tank that was full of toxic liquids and gas

Taher and Brothers Ship yard

He was a cutter man. He died on the way to hospital

 

2007: Eight workers died in the year of 2007

S.N

 Name of dead workers and age

Date of accident

Reason of accident

Yard name

Remarks

1

Muhammad lebu Mia
age- 30
Home district-Gaibandha

09-02-2007

Crushed by  heavy iron plates

Jomuna Shipbreaking yard

He was working as a loader

2

Ratan 
Age-30
Home district-Naogaon

08-03-2007

Falls from top of the  ship and got severe head injury

Ahmed Mustafa Shipbreaking yard

He was working at the top of the ship

3

Muhammad Kamal Uddin
Age -28
Home district-Noakhali

12-03-2007

Hit by a heavy iron plate from the ship while working on the  ground with fellow workers

J. S. Trading Ship yard

Two workers died as # 3 and 4 in the column

4

Muhammad Belal uddin
Age-27
Home district-Jamal Pur

 

12-03-2007

Hit by a heavy iron plate from the ship while working on the  ground with fellow workers

J. S. Trading Ship yard

Same accident of # 3

5

Firoz Mia
Age-25
Home district-Bogra

08-04-2007

Fall under the heavy iron pate while loading

Ziri Subedar ship breaking yard

He died on the way to hospital

6

Shah Alam
Age-50
Home district-Sitakund

22-04-2007

Smashed by heavy iron plates

PHP shipbreaking yard

Severely injured and died on the way to hospital

7

Afzal Hossan
Age-35
Home district-Gaibandha

07-06-2007

Crushed by heavy iron plates while working as a loader

Madambibir Har Ship yard

 

8.

Md. Anwar
Age-20
Home district-Jamalpur

04-07-2007

Pressed by heavy iron plates

Honda shipbreaking yard

The dead body was sent to the home hiding the information and influencing local people

2008: Fourteen workers died in the year of 2008

S.N

 Name of dead workers and age

Date of accident

Reason of accident

Yard name

Remarks

1

Abdul Rajjak (30)
Age -30
Home district: Jamalpur

20-04-2008

Suffocative injury by the toxic gas in the lower tank

G. S. Trading Shipbreaking yard

Ship Name: Evolucidin, IMO No. 7381790

Two workers died in the accident mentioned in the column as # 1and 2. He was working as a cutter man

2

Abdul Majed
Age -28
Home district-Jamalpur

20-04-2008 (same accident as above)

Suffocative injury by the toxic gas in the lower tank

G. S. Trading Shipbreaking yard

Ship Name: Evolucidin, IMO No. 7381790

Two workers died in the accident mentioned in the column as # 1and 2. He was working as a cutter mans

3

Ratan
Age -20
Home district- Moimansign

31-05-2008

Hit by a heavy iron plate from the ship and sank in the sea. The body recovered while he was dead

Unknown
Owner of the ship named as Mr. Siddique

The owner does not have any yard. He was cutting ship in a yard of another yard owner. He is not a formal ship breaker. The name of the ship was MV Mamtaz

4

Roise Uddin Mridha
Age  - 40
Home district-Naogaon

02-06-2008

Hit by a heavy iron plate from the ship while working on the  ground with fellow workers

S. Trading Ship yard (Mamun Enterprise )

There were two ships in the yard which are bought in last March 2008 named MT. SETA (IMO 8134950Long Tons: 16240, Per ton price: 610 USD, Total value: 9906497 USD), and TT Gazelle (IMO No. 8117097, Long Tons: 12534, Per ton Price: 728 USD, Total value: 9275537 USD)

 

5

Haider Ali
Age -30
Home district-Gaibandha

10-06-2008

fallen into the lower deck of the ship and hit by a big piece of iron sheet

Maheen Shipbreaking Yard

The name of the ship was in the yard MT EFORMA, IMO no.  7368279, GT  14742.

6

Hannan
Age -18
Home district-
Bhatiary, Sitakund

16-06-2008

Hit by a sharp iron plat

S. Trading shipbreaking yard

Severely injured and died when the doctors were doing operation to save his life . The dead body was sent to his home district that same night without informing the police of the accident and post mortem was also not conducted .

7

Habibur Rahman (Rubel)
Age -25
Home district-Sitakund

27-06-2008

Hit by heavy iron plates while working as a loader

S. Trading Ship yard (Mamun Enterprise )

The dead body was not sent to Forensic Department of CMCH for post-mortem. His family requested for the permission to the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) for taking the dead body without post-mortem. The ADM permitted to do so. There were two ships in the yard which are bought in last March 2008 named MT. SETA (Long Tons: 16240, Per ton price: 610 USD, Total value: 9906497 USD), and TT Gazelle (Long Tons: 12534, Per ton Price: 728 USD, Total value: 9275537 USD)

8.

Abdur Rashid
Age-25
Home district-
Sitakund

01-07-2008

Fire from the gas while the workers were cutting a part of the ship with flame torch

Pakhiza Enterprise  shipbreaking yard

The name of the ship was Seraya Baru (IMO: 7717389)

09

Taharul Biswas
Age -45
Home district-
Jessore

12-07-2008

Fall from heights (top of the ship)

Jamuna shipbrekaing yard

He was a fitter group worker.

MV Tropical Sand, IMO no. was 7219090, GT 9932

10

Sultan Nasiruddin Molla
Age -13
Home district-Sitakund

14-07-2008

Hit by heavy iron plate on the head

Sultana Shipbreaking yard

The name of the ship was MT Rupazi, Long Tons: 5521, Per ton price: 760 USD, Total value: 4196461 USD, Flag: Malata.

11.

Abul Kalam
Age 28
Home district-Bramhan Baria

11-09-2008

Hit by a iron piece. It was too late to admit him to the hospital. He was bleeding for four hours after the accident took place

JS Trading Shipyard/Akib Enterprise (SN Corporation)

The name of ship was MT ARINA I (IMO : 8004363, GT: 160010)

12

Nazrul Islam

25-10-2008

Hit by a big iron plate .

Ziri Subedar Shipyard

He was a loader group worker. The name of the ship in this yard was MT. No. 17 Sachan (IMO 7700829)

13

Md. Masud

14-11-2008

 

Kabir Steel ship yard

Died on the way to hospital

14

Tarek
Age 21

26-11-2008

 

Six Star Ship yare

 

2009: twenty five workers died in the year of 2009

S.N

 Name of dead workers and age

Date of accident (D-M-Y)

Reason of accident

Name of the yard

Remarks

1

Sakhowat
Age- 20
Home district-

6-02-2009

Hit by Iron plat

Harun Steel Shipbreaking yard

 

2

Tipu
Age (20)

24-02-2009

Fall of Iron Plate from top

Habeeb Steel

 

3

Enamul Haque
Age 20

24-02-2009

Suffocative injury. Fall in the lower tank filled with toxic gas

Mac International

 

4

Sri Sunil
Age

19-03-2009

Fall from heights

Mabiya Enterprise

 

5

Helal
Age 18

11-04-2009

Hit by a big iron plate

Jomuna Shipbreaking yard

Ship name: United Moon Light

6

Nizam Uddin
Age 28

20-04-2009

Unknown

S. Trading Ship-breaking Yard

 

7

Belal
Age 27

21-04-2009

Hit by a big iron plate

S Strading Ship yard

 

8

Babul
Age 22

21-04-2009

Fall under a big iron plate

MM Shipbreaking yard

 

9

Hazrat Ali
Age 26
Home district- Gaibandha

08-10-2009

Hit by a big iron plate

Crystal Shipbreaking yard

Same accident killed 3 workers

10

Nasir Uddin
Age 35
Home district-Sitakund

Same accident date

Same

Same

 

11

Nahid
Age 22
Home district-Anawara

Same accident date

Same

Same

 

12

Shahabuddin Emran
Age  25

13-10-2009

Gas explosion

Pakhiza shipbreaking yard

Three workers died in same accident

13

Mamun
Age 26

Same accident date

Same

Same

 

14

Md. Ismail
Age 23

Same date

Same

Same

 

15

Jahangir alam
Age 28

14-10-2009

Hit by a big iron plat

Habeeb steel

 

16

Abdul Karim
Age 27

27-07-2009

Fall from the top of Ship

 

Ship name –MT ADITI

17

Hossain
Age 35

06-09-2009

 

Kabeer Steel ship yare

 

18

Ashek
Age 20

Same accident

 

Same

 

19

Shourov

 

26-12-2009

Huge explosion of oil tank of

Raheem Steel

Seven workers died in this accident

20

Salim Mirza
Age 25

Same

Same

Same

 

21

Rana Mia
Age 22

Same

Same

Same

 

22

Robiul Mondol
Age 22

Same

Same

Same

 

23

Kalam
Age

Same

Same

Same

 

24

Mintu
Age

Same

Same

Same

 

25

Abu Raihan
Age 35

Same

Same

Same

 

 

2010: Twelve workers died in the year of 2010


Si

Name of the workers

Date of accident

Reason of accident

Name of the yard

Remarks

1

Nurul Islam

28.4.2010

Smashed by iron plate (allegedly )

Siko shipbreaking yard

Not confirmed

2

Abdul Hye
Age 26
Home district-Bhola

21-06-2010

Burned by fire injuries in fuel tank

Rising Steel ship yard

 A blowtorch ignited a fuel tank, which caused the fire.

3

Alim

12-07-2010

Burned by fire injuries

Sultana shipbreaking yare

Ship name 'MT Shakkhan'

5

Munir

08-06-2010

Smashed by iron plate (allegedly )

Super six shipbreaking yard

Not confirmed

6

Apu Chirang
Age 26

22-07-2010

Fall under Iron plate (allegedly )

SS Enterprise

 

7

Md. Ali
Age 30

23.07.2010

Fall under Iron plate (allegedly )

FN Ship yard

 

8

Mohammad Sirajul Islam

05.08.2010

Fall under Iron plate (allegedly )

SB Ship yard

 

9

Muhammed Belal
Age 35

21-09-2010

Fall of heavy metal (propeller)

Lotus shipbreaking yard

http://www.bdnews24.com/details.php?id=179427&cid=2

10

Muhammad Faruk
Age 30

09.10.2010

Smashed by big iron plate

Shima Steel ship yard

 

11

Abu Bashar
Age 35

Same

Same

Same

 

12

Muhammed Abul Kalam
Age 20

Same

Same

Same

 

2011: Fifteen died in the year of 2011

Si

Name of the workers

Date of accident

Reason of accident

Name of the yard

Remarks

1

Miraj
Age 18

18-01-2011

Explosion in the fuel tank.

Mak Corporation

Four workers died in the explosion during scrapping a tanker that entered the country violating the High Court's directive. Ship name MT Pranam (IMO registration 8321383)

2

Rubel
Age 25

Same

Same accident

Same

Same

3

Liton
Age 35

Same

Same accident

Same

Same

4

Junayad
Age 22

Same

Same accident

Same

Same

5

Nurnabi
Age 30

15-03-2011

Fall of heavy metal

ARL shipbreaking yard

 

 

Two worker died but names unknown

02-02-2011

unknown

Sieko shipbreaking

It was a unconfirmed information