While he was working as a Malpani (helper), scrap material from the ship fell down in the open wing tank manhole of the ship. He was shifted to hospital at
50 kms away from Alang and Sosiya shipbreaking yards, where he died. Janardhan
is a migrant labour from Siddhartha Nagar, an impoverished district of Uttar
Pradesh. He is married and his family stays at his native place. Bhavnagar
Mr. Ram Patel, Vice President of Alang Sosiya Ship Recycling & General Workers Association (ASSRGWA) along with colleagues rushed to the hospital.
The ASSRGWA demanded strict action against the employer and the Labour Department for non-enforcement of safety measures on the yards statutory compensation and dues to the family members of the deceased worker.
The shipbreaking industry in Alang and Sosiya employs over 55,000 workers. Despite the number of deadly accidents and hundreds of workers' death, a full-fledged hospital is 50 kms away.
According to a survey published by International Metalworkers' Federation in 2007, on average 50 workers per day get injured and some of them seriously.
As per records of the union ASSRGWA since January 2010, 17 workers died at work. Most of the workers are poor migrants from poor areas of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and
Gujarat and work for meagre wages in a hazardous and
toxic working environment.
Source: IMF. By G. Manicandan. 15 October 2010http://imfmetal.org/index.cfm?c=24366&l=2