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  • Nov 26, 2014
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Bangladesh building collapse

The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh killed 1,129 people, ranking among the world’s worst industrial accidents and spurred retailers and clothing brands to improve safety standards at suppliers.

Retailers divided over Bangladesh factory victims compensation

A group of retailers and clothing brands failed on Thursday to establish compensation funds for the victims of two Bangladesh factory disasters, as many companies that sourced clothes from the buildings decided not to take part in the process.

Friday, 13 September, 2013, 11:33am

Retailers plan Bangladesh factory inspections under safety pact

A group of mainly European retailers has finalised a plan to conduct coordinated inspections of factories in Bangladesh in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1,129 people in April.

8 Jul 2013 - 1:24pm

More Bangladesh factories dangerous: AP

Bangladeshi garment factories are routinely built without consulting engineers. Many are located in commercial or residential buildings not designed to withstand the stress of heavy manufacturing. Some add illegal extra floors atop support columns too weak to hold them, according to a survey of scores of factories by an engineering university that was shown to The Associated Press.

14 Jun 2013 - 3:04pm

Uniqlo owner won’t sign Bangladesh safety pact

Fast Retailing, the Japanese operator of the Uniqlo and Theory fashion brands, for now will not sign a legally binding safety pact for factories in Bangladesh, preferring to ramp up its own inspections, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

28 May 2013 - 10:35am

Retailers sign up to accord on Bangladesh factory standards

Labour umbrella groups Industrial Global Union and UNI Global Union yesterday praised top retailers for joining their drive to make Bangladesh's garment factories safer, after 1,127 people died in a factory collapse last month.

17 May 2013 - 2:10am

Wal-Mart takes own path on factory safety

Wal-Mart Stores, the American chain that is the world's largest retailer, said it would not accept "at this time" an agreement to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh that is supported by labour monitoring groups and signed by several other retailers this week.

16 May 2013 - 2:45am 1 comment

Scores of factories at Bangladesh textile hub shut amid unrest

Hundreds of factories which form the hub of Bangladesh's garment industry are to close indefinitely after worker unrest sparked by the death of more than 1,100 colleagues, employees announced yesterday.

14 May 2013 - 4:06am

Bangladesh army to end search for disaster bodies

Bangladesh’s army announced on Monday that it was wrapping up its search for bodies following last month’s collapse of a garment factory complex, saying that it now believed a total of 1,127 people were killed.

14 May 2013 - 2:01am

Miracle survivor of Bangladesh collapse lost track of day and night in rubble

On April 24, Reshma Begum was working in a factory on the second floor of Rana Plaza when the building began collapsing around her. She raced down a stairwell into the basement, where she became trapped near a Muslim prayer room in a wide space that allowed her to survive.

12 May 2013 - 6:59am

Bangladesh toll passes 1,000 as stacks of bodies found

The death toll from last month’s collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh rose past 1,000 on Friday as piles of bodies were found in the ruins of a stairwell where victims had sought shelter.

10 May 2013 - 2:48pm

Bangladesh factory death toll passes 800

The death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster passed 800 on Wednesday as rescuers pulled dozens more bodies from the rubble of a nine-storey building that collapsed outside Dhaka last month.

8 May 2013 - 8:00pm

Bangladesh building survivors protest as toll passes 700

Hundreds of survivors of Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster blocked a main highway to demand wages Tuesday as the death toll from the collapse of a nine-storey building passed 700, officials said.

7 May 2013 - 3:56pm

Collapsed Bangladesh building not 'designed' for factory-use, says architect

Masood Reza, a leading Bangladesh architect and a professor at a state-run university, said he felt “pain and anguish” when he saw footage of the garment workers trapped under the pancaked floors, crying desperately for help.

5 May 2013 - 2:43pm 1 comment

Bangladesh building collapse death toll hits 540

The death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster rose to 540 on Saturday after 15 bodies were overnight pulled from the wreckage of an eight-storey building housing garment factories, the army said.

4 May 2013 - 4:00pm