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Jamuna devours 450m Hard Point of Sirajganj town protection dam

Sirajganj, 25 July (UNB) – Jamuna devoured another 125-meter portion of Hard Point early Monday leaving the whole embankment on the verge of collapse and the town almost


With this, 450 meters of Hard Point of the town protection embankment went into river bed in one week.

WDB and local sources said the Hard Point caved in thrice since last Monday (July 18).

They said 100m portion of the Hard Point in Old Jail area went into the bed of Jamuna River in the twinkling of an eye at 11pm Monday.

Another 200-meter Hard Point collapsed and vanished into riverbed on Saturday night and the latest breakdown took place a few minutes into the midnight of July 25.

Meanwhile, local administration, including Water Development Board asked town-dwellers to remain ultra alert, ready to face any eventuality following 125-meter Hard

Point crash early Monday.

Earlier, Jamuna flew 9 meters above danger level at Sirajganj point inundating vast areas on its banks in scores of unions in five upazilas of the northern district on


165 workers killed in workplace accidents in last six months
One hundred and sixty five workers were killed in 133 workplace accidents across the country in the last six months (January – June, 2011) compared to 185 workers who died

in 2010 in 138 workplace accidents during the same period.

Safety and Rights Society, an NGO working for ensuring safety and rights of workers on Friday released the report in the city after monitoring 26 daily newspapers (15

national and 11 local newspapers) during the period.

The numbers of workers who suffered non-fatal injuries in the incidents were not counted in the report.

Among them the highest number of workers (97) was killed in construction sites.

This was followed by factories and other manufacturing entities with 29 deaths, service organisations like hotel, workshop, power supply organisations with 19


Of the total workers who died, 57 were electrocuted, 27 died after falling from high places like rooftops, 12 workers died from suffocation in septic tanks and eight

were burnt to death.

Sixtyone more workers died in other situations including boiler, chemical or gas explosions; earth, rooftop or wall collapse; hit or crushed by hard or heavy objects and

entangled with machines.

Sekender Ali Mina, programme director of Safety and Rights, said the number of deaths set out in the report is likely be a severe underestimation of the total number of

deaths, since many deaths are not reported in the newspapers.

Though many of the injured workers succumb to their injuries later following the accidents, in many cases follow-up reports are not published in the newspapers, he


The organisation observed that most of the electrocutions occurred when the construction workers work with iron rods nearby high voltage live electric lines passing near

the under-construction buildings.

It also observed that the workers fall victims of electrocution, as they do not take safety measures like wearing helmet, gloves, shoes etc during the work.

The main reasons why workers fell from high places include poorly made scaffolds (macha) and not using safety belt or harness.

Safety and Rights has suggested for proper implementation of Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC), 2006 through establishing the Code Enforcement Authority according

to its Section 2.

1 of Chapter-2.

It also suggested proper monitoring of regulatory bodies including RAJUK, factory inspectorate to enforce relevant laws, separate health and safety policy for respective

organizations, safety plan before starting construction work, providing workers with proper PPE (Personal protective equipment) free of cost, health and safety training and

right technology for the right person.