The number of casualties resulting from a series of explosions at a ship-breaking yard in Gadani, Pakistan, was up to 11 on Tuesday morning. While
The incident happened at the
Efforts to combat the blaze were slow, as only one fire engine was available and responders were fearful that more explosion were possible. A representative from Edhi, an ambulance service,
According to Mohammad Abdullah, an official with the local police, victims were being transported to a hospital in Karachi. The Gadani Shipyard has a history of accidents, and workers there are frequently injured in the dismantling process, for the most part due to substandard safety practices.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has
The majority of the ship-breaking industry is located in the developing world, in countries such as Pakistan where safety conditions
In a report compiled by the IndustriALL, a global worker’s union, Nazim Uddin, who is the head of the Bangladesh shipbreaking union, stated that abuse of the laborers goes unchallenged. Uddin said that workers face “miserable conditions, and while they are paid daily, there is no paid leave, no bonuses, and no guarantee of continued employment. According to Uddin, in Pakistan a shipbreaker’s family is entitled to approximately US $6400, but employers do not pay that benefit.
Pertinent to the incident in Pakistan, international guidelines mandate that all potentially dangerous materials, which include gasses and liquids, must be removed before the shipbreaking process can begin. However, dangerous substances are often still onboard, and the men who do the work are often not given the proper safety gear or equipment to do the job safely.
By Lincoln Brown for Oilprice.com
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