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Spike in cargo hold deaths alarms union

[ April 26, 2019   //   ]

The International Transport Workers’ Federations accused the global shipping industry of “callousness” after figures revealed that there had been sharp rise in the number of workers killed in vessel holds. It said that since January 2018, 16 dockers and 12 seafarers have died from asphyxiation or explosions in confined spaces – or from falls after passing out due to bad air. This compares with a total of 145 deaths in the past 20 years. It accuses companies of choosing “to save a dollar rather than train and equip workers to labour safely in confined spaces”.