The Daily Star – Ensure healthy atmosphere at scrapyards: HC

27 October 2011 – The High Court issued four directives on Thursday asking the government to ensure healthy atmosphere for workers and prevent loss of lives at ship breaking yards.

In response to a writ petition, the court ordered the Department of Explosives to turn in gas free certificates it has issued in favour of four shipyards where eight workers died while working.

The shipyards are — Fortune Shipyard, SRS Shipyard, RK Shipyard and Jiri Subedar Shipyard.

A two-judge panel asked the environment and forests ministry to submit a report on whether a high-powered technical sub-committee is being operated as per the court’s directives.

The judges ordered the director (enforcement) of the Department of Environment to submit a report identifying the causes behind the explosions in the four yards that killed and injured workers.

They directed the Chief Inspector (factory) to submit a report on whether the family members of the deceased workers received adequate compensation.

Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Jahangir Hossain came up with the directives following the petition by Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela).

The bench however did not mention any specific time limit for complying with the directives.