Letter To the Editor
Ensure labour safety at Rampal plant
Overcoming all the criticism and hindrances from in and outside of the country the work of Rampal Power Station is proceeding gradually. But the poor labour safety has become a raising question. The death of 15-year-old Sajib brought attention the issue that went previously unnoticed. Sajib was electrocuted during work, as he was not wearing any protective gears. Three others were injured when they tried to save him. They were rescued and taken to hospital by their co-workers. However, due to the conditions they have to work in -- humid and under the sun -- most of them do not use shoes or gloves and instead opt to wear sacks or torn clothes to be comfortable during the job, he said. Only a few high officials and foreign workers are provided with and use safety gears in the power plant.
Currently, over 600 people are hired for several kinds of work. Apart from not being provided with safety gears, the workers were also not given any training for safety during such work. So ensuring worker's safety by providing equipments and training is a crying need.