Writ seeking compensation in case of death of worker at Rahim Steel Mill

A writ petition has been filed seeking a direction to compensate the families of each of the ‘hundreds of workers who died’ at Rahim Steel Mill in Narayanganj for a decade.

On May 23, Supreme Court lawyer Md. Barrister Newaz Morshed filed this writ on behalf of Lutfur Rahman (Russell).

The writ sought direction to present the report of the investigation committee of three separate agencies formed after the accident to the court. Along with Rahim Steel, an inter-ministerial joint investigation committee has been formed to submit a full report on the overall situation of the accident.

Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Secretary of the Ministry of Industries, Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Director General (Inspector General) of the Directorate of Inspection of Factories and Establishments, Director General (DG) of the Directorate of Environment, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh, Rahim Steel Mills Co. Managing Director of Pvt. Ltd. and Managing Director of Ferro Alloy Co. Pvt. Ltd. have been made defendants.

Barrister Newaz Morshed confirmed to Jago News that a writ has been filed in the relevant branch of the High Court by adding the published report on this matter.

On April 25, a national daily published a report titled ‘Relatives awaiting compensation and justice for the deaths of hundreds of workers in Rahim Steel / The investigation report of three agencies has not seen the light of day even in eight years’. This report is attached to the writ.

According to that report, more than hundred workers died in Rahim Steel Mills in a decade. On September 20, 2016, after an investigative report was published in a national daily, there was an uproar. Various human rights organizations rushed to the victims. Environmentalists also spoke out. Labor organizations make statements. By marching and human chaining in the capital.

The ‘Directorate of Inspection of Factories and Establishments’ formed a three-member committee to carry out the investigation. The National Human Rights Commission formed a four-member high-level committee headed by Additional District Judge Sharifuddin Ahmed to investigate. Environment Department closes Rahim Steel Mill’s deadly quartz-producing ‘death well’. Although there was a lot of fuss about this, after a few days, all the activities stopped.

According to the report, more than 100 workers have died working in the crushing section of ‘Rahim Steel Mills Limited’ in 10 years. More than two hundred are sick or dying. He who works as a laborer in the company for 2 months is certain to die.

‘Quartz powder’ is used in the manufacture of ruling mills and particle boards. Quartz powder was produced by combining some types of chemicals including limestone, boric powder, potassium. This powder was once imported from different countries including India. Later, the Rahim Steel Mills authorities themselves started producing quartz powder by crushing the stone in machines. There was no approval for grinding stone in rolling mills.