Bangladesh factory 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

Garment workers shout slogans during An August 24 protest in Dhaka. Relatives of missing garment workers from the Rana Plaza collapse say they are still waiting for compensation four months after the accident. Photo: Xinhua

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 survivor of the Rana Plaza building collapse with her artificial leg. The April 24 collapse ranks among the world’s worst industrial accidents. Photo: EPA

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

A woman, who lost her arm in the Rana Plaza building collapse, undergoes treatment at a Bangladesh hospital. The April 24 building collapse caused 1,130 deaths. Photo: EPA

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, parent of Uniqlo, plans to improve disaster preparedness and building inspections at its partner factories by itself. Photo: Reuters

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

Rescuers carry the body of a victim retrieved from the rubble of the site of a garment factory that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka. Photo: AP

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

Activists are sceptical over Wal-Mart's factory safety moves.

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

A young female garment worker meets with the media at a hospital in Savar, Dhaka. Rescuers found Reshma clinging to life sandwiched between two floors of the collapsed eight-storey building. Photo: Xinhua

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

A Bangladeshi rescuer stands amid the rubble of a garment factory building that collapsed on April 24 as they continue searching for bodies in Savar, near Dhaka, on Sunday. Photo: AP

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

Reshma Begum hit a steel pipe to get attention. Photo: Reuters

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

A woman cries as she waits for news of her relative, a garment worker who is still missing, after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka. Photo: Reuters

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

A woman cries holding the photo of her missing daughter on the thirteenth day of the Rana Plaza building collapse, in Savar, Dhaka, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

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

Relatives of missing garment workers wait for news of loved ones. Photo: AP

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

Rescuers work to dislodge decomposed bodies caught in the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday. Photo: AP

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

Excavators clear debris as rescue and army personnel continue recovery operations at the site of the eight-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on Saturday. Photo: AFP

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