Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)
Accident rates at alang ship breaking industry
Author(s): Hrudanand Misra
Abstract: Accidents are common phenomenon in today’s advanced and fast growing industrialized countries. Ship breaking industry is one of the important industries which contribute to the economy in the form of revenue, employment and production of steel and also in many other ways. In India 9 ship breaking sites are active, out of which Alang is the world’s largest ship breaking yard. Ship breaking industry of Alang employs more than 1.5-2 lakh labourers directly or indirectly. Out of which 30,000-40,000 workers are working inside the yard. Ship breaking activity is highly dangerous and hazardous. The rate of accident is much higher than the average industrial accident in the India. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to highlight the ship breaking industry in general and Alang ship breaking yard in particular. This paper also focuses on the factors which are responsible for the higher rate of accidents. The results of the study shows that skilled are more prone to accident which is 2.6 times more than unskilled labourers. The overall probability of accident is 8 per 100 workers per day and the high probability of accidents is faced by skilled workers, which are 13 per 100 workers per day.