20 September 2011

Another shipbreaker dies at Chittagong scrap yard:

Chittagong, Sep 18: A worker was killed when a huge iron-plate fell on him at a shipbreaking yard at Kumira in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong in the early hours of Sunday.

Md Eskandar, 26 years, son of Salahuddin of Banshbaria of Sitakunda upazila, injured seriously when the heavy iron-plate fell on him, reports our Chittagong correspondent quoting Jahid Iqbal, director of the shipbreaking yard.

He was rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around 5:00am, the director added.

Eskandar along with other workers was dismantling a ship at Fortune Shipbreaking Yard around 12:15am.

Nur Mohammad, officer-in-charge of Sitakunda Police Station, confirmed the incident.

With this, 8 people have so far died in 5 separate accidents in 4 shipbreaking yards this year (2011).

Four workers were killed at Mak Corporation Shipbreaking Yard on January 18, one at Mahin Enterprise Shipbreaking Yard on March 15, one at Fortune Shipbreaking Yard on September 17 and one at Peninsula Super Ship Yard on August 20.

Source: The Daily Star. 18 September 2011

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