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49 workers have died in Alang in five years

Since 2011, 49 people have been killed in work-related accidents at the yards in Alang, where many merchant vessels are scrapped every year. The conditions have improved significantly in recent years however, notes ECSA in a new report about the demolition yards in India.

This photo is from an unnamed yard in Alang in 2006. According to ECSA, the conditions have improved in several locations since then. | Photo: Ajit Solanki/AP/Polfoto/Arkiv

Around six PM local time on August 5th of last year, the yard worker Bishweshwar Budhan Mahato was on board the M.V: Atlantic when management decided to stop the demolition of the vessel.

The tide has begun to go out and it was dangerous for the workers to be on the vessel, which was in the process of being scrapped in the high-tide zone on the beach of India's Alang.

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