20 October 2012

Karachi: Three labourers die at Gadani shipbreaking yard

KARACHI - Three labourers were killed while working in the Gadani shipbreaking yard on the Balochistan coast.

Gadani shipbreaking yard is one of the world’s largest shipbreaking operations where shipbreaking has been taking place since before Pakistan’s independence.

Thousands of local labourers work in unsafe conditions, often for a pittance.

Sources said that several labourers were working in the shipbreaking yard, about 50 kilometres northwest of Karachi, when heavy iron rubble from a ship’s deck fell on them, killing three of them on the spot and injuring several others.

The labourers were immediately shifted to Karachi, sources said.

With annual capacity of breaking over a hundred ships of all sizes, the yard is located on a 10 km stretch of beach at Gadani, 50 kilometres from Karachi city.

Thousands of Karachiites visit the Gadani beach for its majestic beauty.

Fires and accidents are common in the shipbreaking yard where workers extract metals, steel pipes and valves, electricity cables, machinery and wood from derelict ships.

Source: Pakistan Today. 19 October 2012

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