The Indian Express – Migrant labourer dead, another injured at Alang ship-breaking yard

(Written by Avinash Nair)

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23 September 2014 - In an accident at world’s largest ship-breaking yard at Alang in Gujarat, a migrant labourer from Orissa died and another injured while working on a container ship that was beached for being broken at the yard in Bhavnagar district, official sources said here on Tuesday. The incident happened when the 27-year-old victim Prasant Dakua slipped and fell while climbing a ladder during the oil removal process of the container ship MV Justus which was beached on plot number 58, belonging to Malwi Ship Breaking Company. The incident happened on Monday evening at 6 pm, said an official of the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) that overlooks and monitors ship-breaking activities at the yard. Another labourer who was working with him was also injured and rushed to the hospital. The injured was identified as Ravindra Prajapati, the official said adding the accident happened when oil and other forms of lubricants were being emptied from the ships before being broken. This is the second accident to have happened within a space of three months at Alang. On June 28, five persons were killed and eight others injured when a explosion happened onboard a chemical tanker that was being dismantled.