Shipbreaking in South Asia: Safety Concerns and Call for Action

Shipbreaking in South Asia remains hazardous, with recent fatalities and injuries. In Pakistan, two workers were killed at Dewan Shipbreaking, highlighting the lack of safety measures. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform reports 449 deaths and 408 injuries since 2009. They provide healthcare and training for injured workers, seeking donations for vocational rehabilitation.
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Shipbreaking in South Asia, particularly in beaching yards, continues to be dangerous and hazardous work, as highlighted by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Despite higher pay per tonne for end-of-life tonnage, these yards have a poor environmental, safety, and health (ESH) reputation due to numerous fatalities and injuries over the years. Recent incidents in Pakistan, such as two workers being killed by a falling iron plate at Dewan Shipbreaking in Gadani, further emphasize the lack of proper safety measures and oversight in these yards.

The lack of necessary measures to ensure sustainable ship recycling practices in Pakistan has led to preventable deaths, such as the recent fatalities at Gadani. Additionally, the quarter saw several significant injuries in Bangladesh, highlighting the ongoing risks faced by workers in the shipbreaking industry. NGO Shipbreaking Platform has recorded a high number of deaths and injuries at South Asian yards since 2009, with the belief that the actual count is likely higher due to underreporting.

In response to these accidents, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform organizes healthcare and training events for injured workers to help them transition to other trades where their disabilities will not hinder their ability to earn a living. The group is seeking donations to support this mission, with costs estimated at around $400 for a six-month vocational training program for one worker. The organization aims to address the ongoing safety and health issues in the shipbreaking industry and improve conditions for workers in South Asia.

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