The Daily Star – Another ship breaking worker killed

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20 January 2016 – A ship-breaking yard worker was killed as he was hit by an iron-plate at a yard in Chittagong’s Sitakunda upazila yesterday.

The dead is Akkas Ali, 45, of Chauddagram upazila of Comilla.

Akkas was working in Asad Steel Ship-Breaking Yard at Madam Bibir Hat in the morning. He was cutting a scrap ship there, said Tariqul Islam, senior assistant superintendent of police of Sitakunda Police Station.

Suddenly, an iron-plate fell on Akkas around 9:00am, killing him on the spot, he said.

The body of Akkas was sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital morgue for an autopsy, said the police officer.

At least 13 workers were killed in accidents in ship-breaking yards in Chittagong last year. Around 60 workers were killed and 125 others injured in accidents in ship-breaking yards in the last five and a half years, according to Ship-breaking Workers’ Trade Union Forum.