Working Conditions in the Shipbreaking Industry, Bangladesh, 2013-14

1727 workers were dead (Formal Sector – 1401 and Informal Sector – 326) and 2307 workers were injured (Formal Sector – 2133 and Informal Sector – 174) in different workplace accidents from January 01 to December 31, 2013.

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Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) has revealed this yearly workplace accident report based on monitoring fifteen leading national daily newspapers of the country and reports of its field offices in different parts of the country.

As per the findings, in formal sector, the highest number of workers’ casualties (Dead – 1170 and Injured – 1748; whereas dead – 1135 & injured – 1248 only in Rana Plaza Disaster) took place in Garments (sweater, waving, knitting, spinning and composing) industries and the second highest number of workers’ casualties (Dead – 121 and Injured – 125) took place in Construction sector. Moreover, the state of Ship breaking sector is Dead – 26 and Injured – 40.

In informal sector, the highest number of workers’ casualties (Dead – 100 and Injured – 27) took place in Agriculture sector and the second highest number of workers’ casualties (Dead – 54 and Injured – 35) took place in Construction (Household related; personally) sector. Most of agriculture workers were died of thunderstorm or lighting.

The major causes, found for the deaths and injuries are building/roof/wall collapse, factory fire, electrocution, thunderstorm/lighting, falling from height, boiler or water pope explosion, earth collapse and chemical or gas explosion. Furthermore, 1187 workers were dead and 1365 workers were injured because of building/roof/wall collapse. 15 were dead and 282 were injured because of factory fire. Electrocution causes dead – 189 and injured – 57. 136 were dead and 66 were injured for thunderstorm/lighting.

Falling from height causes dead – 84 and injured – 5 and 13 were dead and 28 were injured because of boiler or water pipe explosion.

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