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A worker at Bangladesh's ship-breaking yards in Sitakund ist standing next to a big ocean vessel that will be dismantled within 6 months. Although this industry is very profitable, it carries a number of environmental and human health hazards. Ships are not properly cleaned before beaching and often discharge dangerous chemical and fumes.
Barrels with oil are standing next an ocean vessel on the muddy beach of Sitakund Bangladehs. The vessel will be dismantled by workers within six months. Safety and environment regulations are mostly ignored.
A worker is standing next to an ocean vessel that will be dismantled within six months.
Ocean vessels, ready to be dismantled by Bangladeshi and migrant workers, are stranded at the muddy beaches of Sitakund, Bangladesh along with old life boats. The vessels are dismantled by the workers within six months. Safety and environment regulations are mostly ignored.
Workers at the beaches of Sitakund, Bangladesh - where ocean vessels are being dismantled within six months.
In addition to the health and safety issues, workers work extremely long hours for little pay, earning around 1-3 dollars per day.
The Bangladeshi economy relies on income and employment for the ship-breaking industry, however, the workers are exposed to toxins such as asbestos and other materials that cause damage to their health.
Workers at the ship-breaking yards in Bangladeshi town of Sitakund. In the majority of the shipyards, workers are being deprived of their rights. Fatal injuries are common. Safety and environment regulations during the dismantling process are mostly ignored.
Area at the ship-breaking yards in Sitakund, near Chittagong. Piece by piece ships are dismantled. Workers face tough conditions, extreme hard labor, fatal working incidents, the exposure of asbestos and toxic waste are among the deadly threats.
An injured employee at the ship-breaking yards grasps onto his wooden crutches. Over the last 30 years there has been over 1000 work related injuries as workers are exposed to extreme conditions with minimal safety precautions.