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Visiting a Brick Kiln

Syed Asir Ha-Mim Brinto | Bangladesh

Organization: Rajshahi University Photographic Club, Bangladesh

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Visiting a Brick Kiln : The workers are very simple in their way of life. Mainly three types of workers I found. Some workers make raw bricks from soil (mud). Some of them take these raw bricks into oven. After the heating process, other workers bring them out of the oven and sort them in the yard. On average, a worker get 250-800 taka (bd currency) for per 1000 bricks, it actually varies depending on the type and efficiency of a worker. Most of the workers work for 12-14 hours everyday.

Visiting a brick Kiln (located at Ramkrishnapur Union, Salanga P.S, Sirajganj District, Bangladesh.)

The workers are very simple in their way of life. Mainly three types of workers I found. Some workers make raw bricks from soil (mud). Some of them take these raw bricks into oven. After the heating process, other workers bring them out of the oven and sort them in the yard. On average, a worker get 250-800 taka (bd currency) for per 1000 bricks, it actually varies depending on the type and efficiency of a worker. Most of the workers work for 12-14 hours everyday.
The authority of the brick kiln don't want that workers talk freely about their demands and problems to a outsider. That's why the workers are fearful to talk.

About the health of the workers:
A total of 100 randomly selected respondents (70 brick kiln workers and 30 local inhabitants) were surveyed. The results of the survey revealed that wood and coal are mostly used fuel for brick production in the study area. The respondents were suffering from skin disease (28%), headache (20%), eye irritation (10%), lung disease (8%), and respiratory diseases such as, asthma (20%), bronchitis (10%) and others (6%) problems, while skin diseases, asthma and other lung diseases were prevalent in workers, and eye irritation, headache and bronchitis were in inhabitants. Inhabitants (36%) who were living in surrounding areas of brick kilns for more than 20 years and workers (40%) who were residing for less than 5 years were suffering most from various diseases. Health education or awareness programs need to be organized since 77.1% and 63.3% of the workers and inhabitants, respectively, were never participated in any health education or awareness programs, and eco-friendly brick kilns should be installed maintaining the existing rules and regulations for minimizing the impacts of brick kiln operation induced air pollution in this respect.
(source: https://www.banglajol.info/index.php/SEAJPH/article/view/42270)

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