It’s a dirty job and it is one that can lead to lifelong health problems.
Women in Munshiganj, Bangladesh, spend their days shovelling and sorting waste coal, armed with little more than a spade and a make-shift sieve. They wear no protective clothing and often work in bare feet.
The women reportedly earn as little as £9 a week and due to the amount of toxic dust that gets stirred up, they often go on to suffer lung disease.
Dusty days work: The women at the coal processing plant in Munshiganj, Bangladesh, sort through the waste coal using a giant sieve
Still smiling: Despite working long hours doing back breaking work, this coal worker happily offers a toothless grin for the photographer
Mountains of coal to comb: One of the women uses a spade to separate the coal as the other waits behind her to sieve it
Digging in: The women’s colourful clothes are in stark contrast to the grim landscape they are working in day in and day out
The faces say it all: One of the women grimaces as she holds one end of a heavy sieve, as they prepare to sort through the coal
Source: Daily Mail