23 September 2011

1 more death at Chittagong shipbreaking yard: 2 in 5 Days; total 9 in 2011

A worker was killed and 2 others were injured when a large iron-plate fell on them during a welding work at a shipbreaking yard in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday.

The deceased is Md Farid, 22, son of Maji Rahman, of Kazipur in Sirajganj while the injured are Alam, 20, and Saiful, 22.

The accident happened at about 9:30am when they were cutting the iron-plate with cutting torch from a platform beside a ship, said Rakibuddowla Chowdhury, manager of SRS Shipbreaking Yard.

At one stage of their work, the joint of the plate got loose and the plate fell on Farid, killing him on the spot.

Alam and Saiful got injured after they jumped from the platform and landed in a muddy area in a bid to save themselves from the falling plate, he said.

The injured were given primary treatment, he added.

Aminul Islam, sub-inspector of Sitakunda Police Station, said they sent the body to Chittagong Medical College Hospital morgue for an autopsy.

With yesterday's accident, 9 workers have so far died in 6 separate accidents in 5 shipbreaking yards this year.

Four were killed at Mak Corporation Shipbreaking Yard on January 18, one at Mahin Enterprise Shipbreaking Yard on March 15, one at Jamuna Shipbreaking Yard on August 14, one at Peninsula Super Ship Yard on August 20 and one at Fortune Shipbreaking Yard on September 18.

Source: The Daily Star. 23 September 2011

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