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    At least 30 dead in fire at Indonesia matchstick factory

    June 22, 2019

    At least 30 people including children were killed in a fire that swept through a small factory producing matchsticks in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province on 21 June 2019.

    Many of the victims were burned beyond recognition. The blaze broke out at midday in the makeshift facility located in a residential area, killing 27 adults and three children, said Riadil Akhir Lubis, head of the provincial disaster mitigation agency.

    TV footage showed the burned-out structure, its floor littered with twisted metal, blackened corrugated iron roofing and other debris.

    Millions of Indonesians work in unsafe conditions in informal or poorly regulated industries and accidents and fatalities are common.

    Dozens died in the collapse of an unlicensed gold mine in North Sulawesi in February, and at least 47 people including underage workers were killed by a blaze at a fireworks factory in a Jakarta satellite city in October 2017.

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    Colombia’s Congress passes law for complete ban on asbestos

    June 13, 2019

    Because of its health hazards, Colombia’s congress banned on production, sale and use of asbestos. The ban will take effect in 2021 and allows local companies that use the mineral in its products a five-year transition period phase out the use of the mineral that is well known for causing, among other things, lung cancer.

    Ahead of the vote, the lawmakers heard citizens who had fallen ill to a variety of diseases believed to have been caused by asbestos. Other witnesses to the debate brought images of loved ones who died because of their exposition to the cancerous mineral that has long been used in construction.

    The house of Representatives, which had the final vote on the issue, unanimously agreed to the ban, much to the joy of the invited victims. The mining and export of the controversial mineral was also banned.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 100,000 people die annually as a result of their exposure to asbestos fibers.

    In Colombia, during the last 50 years, more than 1,700 people have died from lung cancer and mesothelioma as a result of asbestos use.

    Source : https://colombiareports.com/after-12-year-debate-colombia-bans-asbestos/

    A ship-breaking worker died in Bangladesh .

    May 20, 2019

    A hip-breaking worker died by electrocution while making a barge illegally in a ship-breaking factory named Bhatiari Steel in Chittagong. He was died around 3:30 am on 20 May. The deceased identified as Md. Manik (35) of Raypur Upazila of Laxmipur.

    Police told that, a ship-breaking factory only has the permission to make scrape. But the owner forced workers to make barge. Delwar Hossain, Officer In-charge (OC) of Sitakundo police station informed that, Manik was welding on that factory till the evening on the day.

    A factory inspector pointed out that, the still mill factory doesn’t have permission to make ship or barge. Polash kumar Dash, inspector in chittaogram of the institute said, there was no permission of breaking ship or barge in this factory. They will inspect the matter. The owner may be jail for 4 years or fine take 5 lacks or both if he proved to be guilty.

    (Source : OSHE foundation)

    Remembering and Homage to Chan Kam Hong (Hong Chai)

    May 16, 2019

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    Fire Blast at a Ship-breaking Yard in Bangladesh : 2 died, 5 injured

    May 15, 2019

    Two workers named Mohammod Rubel (25) and Al-Amin (28) died while 5 others burned in a fire blast at a ship-breaking yard named ‘ Mahinur Ship-breaking Yard’ at Sitakunda in Chattogram. The blast happened on Wednesday,15 May 2019 at around 8:30 am.

    The injured workers are Mohammad Jolil (30), Mohammad Masud (19), Mohammad Sohel (22), Al Amin (27) and Mamunul Islam (27).  Among them the condition of a worker is critical.

    The injured workers claimed that, there was no protective equipment in this factory. The ship was beaching a year ago, said the manager of the factory, Sabbir Ahmed.

    A few days ago there was a hideout of the death of a worker named Tara Miya in the same factory, source said60400889_2333047480267122_2487487801910624256_n 60415476_296234311325901_6032674651228864512_n(1).

    Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Mohammad Alauddin of Chittagong Medical Police Outpost confirmed the causalities.

    The fire broke out from the abandoned waste oil at the adjacent room of engine where the workers cutting the steel by Oxyacetylene flame and spread fire within the moment.

    (Source : OSHE foundation)

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