At least five workers lost their lives during Q4 2020 while dismantling out-of-service ships at shipbreaking facilities in Bangladesh, according to the latest quarterly report from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.
Two workers fell to their deaths while dismantling two different vessels. In one of the cases, local sources reported that the cutting process was happening at a very fast pace because the workers were under pressure to quickly finish the job.
Two additional men died after falling sick at Janata Steel and Mother Steel shipbreaking yards. The cause of their deaths remains unclear.
Finally, a 35-year old man lost his life after being hit by a large iron piece at Khawja shipbreaking yard in Chattogram, Bangladesh.