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dmak2 : 11:30 That's not asbestos and one fibre does not kill. You inhale a number of asbestos fibres with every breath you take. I was a surveyor and analyst in the field for over 10 years. The material the camera focuses on is actually man made glass fibre, it's still hazardous but not as bad as asbestos.

David Klausa : It's not "literally a minefield"; it's metaphorically a minefield.

Kevin Burgess : The yard owner makes $10 million per ship, and he won't spring for shoes, masks & gloves? There is no Prison or Hell terrible enough for that kind of greed.

1008chaz : everyone talks about how sad it is that people are getting paid so little, but who is going to give up there pay and life style to give these people more money. the man who interviews the injured workers had a gold watch on do you think he'd give that watch up to give some workers more money

Saleenrulz : I would love to know what's going through their head at 11:32 where he's walking through there with a full body suit and gas mask, and they've been breathing that shit in for who knows how long.

Manny Boy : i lost interest when an aussie accent is telling the story.

PRR5406 : This is the economic fuel of third world nations.  The lousy wages are set by their employers, not by Americans and Europeans.  The shitty conditions are set by their employers.  The lack of safety equipment is set by the employers.  Old ships require scrapping and these people are willing to do the work.  Take away this work and these masses won't turn to medicine or working as engineers or other highly trained and skilled professions.   Without these jobs, these people starve.  If they had alternatives, such jobs would not be tolerated.

J0Boa : And how does the west proposes to change their working conditions ? By shutting down the shipbreakers so that these poor people loose their only means of making money to survive. Great way to solve a problem

Ben Warwick : 17 years old I would have thought a ship would last and be profitable for a bit longer

Ed Churcher : not to be pedantic ... but was that really asbestos? even on the ships I worked on (built in the 50's) the only asbestos was exhaust lagging ... not to say that one over exaggeration ruins the credibility of the film, but get all your facts right  

SovietUnion100 : Welcome to capitalism. The system for barbarians.

Soupdragon1964 : Emotive nonsense! There's no doubting these men work very hard, and in hazardous conditions, but the whole programme is viewed from the patronising eyes/standards of the West. Their wages are poor by our standards; 45c per hour is a reasonable wage in Bangladesh. If the West broke their ships using modern health and safety, then the prices of so many items would increase enormously, from food, to fuel, and these men wouldn't have a job. I wonder if the narrator would be quite so against it then?

pikiwiki : they should do a segment on coal mining in Kentucky and West Virginia in the twenties

1BEAVIS13 : Don't worry I'm sure trick down economics will kick in any day for them...

Alfred Stormpike : This is nothing compared to the danger I face every day from the bullies in my high school. But there will be time to pay. I'm pretty dark triad myself and just ordered a handmade Japanese katana. Say hello to my little friend.  -Dangerous Dave, moderator of

Shannon Lee : 15 years ago I had read the book called Breaking Ships by Roland Buerk. That book changed the way I look at these massive vessels. Even more it gave me a huge appreciation for America's safety standards. You cannot help but feel sympathy for these men.

thegoosebrain : The guy who owns this company is the wealthiest man in India.

dddankman : Some beautiful multicopter shots in here. Incredible work. Cheers!

mrbusdriversir : This is really modern slavery. Very sad indeed.

TGSGAMER360 : lol i like how some kids cry when they have to get off there xbox when these people are destroying ships and yeah these guys dont cry at all

Bill Hartman : Interesting.  These guys go to work knowing damn well there is a slim chance they might possibly not be going home at the end of the day.  Their days pay...a mere $3.  All they care about is putting food on table and sending their kids to school in hopes of a better life for them. Here in the states, people want to get paid $15/hr to flip a McBurger, sink some McNuggets and fries and at the same time, get your order wrong about 90% of the time.  The biggest problem here in the states is people think they deserve everything when nobody deserves nothing.  All people want to do is sit around and bitch, complain and cry about everything yet nobody will lift their lazy ass up and go out and earn/work for the things they think they automatically deserve. Hard work does pay off.  You just have to want it.  If you have no passion, then you will never get anywhere.  Forget about the American dream.  Set your own dream.

Jay Skrine : Step 1) Have 10 kids. Step 2) Blame capitalism.

Danielle Starwater : humans are all connected, this affects everyone. Heartbreaking 

Jim Mackay : Two words, birth control

starmanskye : The hidden face of predatory capitalism, where lack of regulatory oversight of basic worker safety and labor compensation, and lack of enviro standards, are exploited because every profit opportunity not maximized is a treasure squandered. This situation could be significantly addressed by requiring every ship to be amortized over its expected working life to provide funding for substantial improvements in safety and wages for its salvage breakup ~ So every ship would accumulate a fund of several million dollars to supplement its scrap value, enabling better working-conditions, more equitable pay and pensions, and better management of toxic substances. It would still be far from making the necessary breakup of these ships just and safe to workers and the environment, but COULD be done far, far-better. It would require an over-arching supra-national authority to put in-place, but it COULD be achieved ~ IF predatory capitalism wasn't so demeaning to the value of human life. THIS wage-slave peonage and hazardous industry is what an authentic Free Trade economics looks like, the epitome of neoliberalism and its priveleging of capital over human dignity and life. ~ ; )

kenny baird : A death trap for 47 cents a day.

NOMADdaf : I resent them saying 1st world is doing this. HE said INDIAN companies are buying these ships and taking them to INDIA then hiring INDIAN works to scrap them to be used in INDIAN construction. Where in that equation are 1st world countries involved let alone at fault??? 

Jamjar107 : Whaaat!!!!!!!! One man dies every two weeks! hell, thats terrible!

shades2 : They don't come to die, they come to be re-born...

thesundaysfan : I love how the shipyard director talks about how every industry has risks as though he's experiencing any while sitting on his capitalist ass and talking on his cellphone.

Alex M : 8:27 DAMN

joher jariwala : This is the economic fuel of third world nations.  The lousy wages are set by their employers, not by Americans and Europeans.  The shitty conditions are set by their employers.  The lack of safety equipment is set by the employers.  Old ships require scrapping and these people are willing to do the work.  Take away this work and these masses won't turn to medicine or working as engineers or other highly trained and skilled professions.   Without these jobs, these people starve.  If they had alternatives, such jobs would not be tolerated.

Daryl Moore :!data=!1m4!1m3!1d28306!2d91.7083455!3d22.4635573!2m1!1e3&fid=7   scroll south. It's mind-boggling.

Geliefde Liefde : I hear a lot of whining and not enough ship wrecking! :D

Steven Hardy : It was absolutely this way in the USA at one time during the beginning of the industrial revolution. The railroad industry,the coal industry,,the steel industry ,the oil industry and others were extremely dangerous. What happened ? The workers revolted and even did battle with Pinkerton guards...unions were formed ,much violence then finally the government intervened and stopped kissing ass of the industrialists. I just don't thinks schools teach this kind of history in schools any longer.

SecondLifeDesigner : Let's do some math. I am going to over estimate the numbers involved except for the cost of the ships 5 million and how much the shipyard gets for them 10 million.  31 days to strip a ship.  1000 workers all getting 50 cents per hour for 12 hours a day. That's $186,000 dollars labor cost.  Figure 10 times that for equipment and supplies $1,860,000 so total cost $2,046,000.  $10 million minus $5 million for ship minus $2,046,00.  Total profit for shipyard owner $2,954,000 thousand per ship. Now I counted 6 ships in the yard and I didn't see 1,000 workers on each ship so the profits are probably much much higher.  What this proves is human beings are basically good.  Why do I say that?  Because if the workers where not good men they find the shipyard owner and the owner wouldn't be alive. The shipyard owners are not good people.  They are despicable scumbags.  Just another example of how the rich and powerful abuse and exploit the poor and the helpless. 

The Jesus : the guy giving them the talk at 10:15...wearing a nice gold watch...I'm sure that helped

The internet stole my soul but it gave me Overwatch : If they have all these boats why don't they just set sail tp some place nicer? 😂

Todd : The documentary is fairly well produced, minus the Australian clown that feels we all should be ashamed because of their career choice. Plenty of people around the world risk their lives for their career; in Bangladesh, this opportunity obviously has its risks but it's worth the income. It's the choice of the workers, no one forces them do to this labor.

PAPILLON584 : Interesting islám indeed, this a wahabi version of Islam that don't alow the workers to revolt on their boss. The boss considered like God in their culture. Revolution must start in USA to come down to Saudi Arabia and eventually in Bangladesh

Jim F : The whole of Bangladesh is a pit.

Виктор лаббар : скока металолома на хяляву😂😂

Steven Hamer : I am covering all aspects of ship breaking as part of my degree. I have to say this was heart wrenching at times to watch ! well done for exposing this problem !

English Major : I have seen many people they are very very poor and to a surprise this are the same tribe ! They are migrants from Bangladesh in Assam, India. Why is it mostly happening only with Bangladeshi ? Why why why why why why why ? I for this should blame only 1 thing. And this is "Human Population". You people have no birth control and acts like chickens do. You lay eggs and the hatched babies find their living on their own. "What will you do after covering the whole world only with muslims tribe ?(I know muslims intention because I live with them and I know their family running out of food almost daily) I am sick of seeing your tribe poor, I would love to see the other instead of you all

English Major : Published on 15-July-2013 and I guess this works are still going on with this kinda torture and hardships. How does their family feel or think at the time, before the sunsets ? This happenings made me feel something new ! I really is placing myself in their place and I canT think my dad is their...I even canT imagine😢😢😢😢

Europod 2014 : Another poorly understood industry by western outsiders. They offered no solutions. Without a doubt the industry is one of the most hazardous jobs in the world, but what do people replace this industry with, and how. Who will enforce all these requirements, the owners couldn't care less about the poor.

Mulga Man : Polluting the Ocean with trash and we try to save our own coastlines but this trash damages all our oceans.

Reza O'Line : these people destroying ship fora living and they earn less than $1 per hour.. lucky me i can earn only $100 per month but without any risk..

Von Allan : $ .47 per hour? WTF!