Two die after ceiling collapse at Cambodia shoe factory

Rescue teams and soldiers look for workers after the ceiling collapse at the shoe factory in Kampong Speu yesterday. Photo: AFP

A ceiling collapse at a factory making Asics trainers in Cambodia killed two workers yesterday, fuelling concerns about workplace safety following last month's industrial disaster in Bangladesh. Local rescue teams, helped by soldiers, scrambled to search through the rubble of the fallen structure, which appeared to have been on a mezzanine level laden with crates of trainers.

Friday, 17 May, 2013, 1:52am

Hopes fading for survivors at Bangladesh disaster site

Bangladeshi rescue workers conduct a search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Savar, Bangladesh. Photo: AP

The owner of a factory building that collapsed in Bangladesh killing hundreds of garment workers was arrested on Sunday trying to flee to India, police said, as fears grew that the death toll could rise sharply with as many as 900 still missing.

2 May 2013 - 10:07am

Bosses arrested over deadly Bangladesh factory collapse

Rescuers carry a survivor out of the rubble at Rana Plaza building in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Xinhua

Bangladesh made a series of arrests yesterday over the collapse of a factory complex which killed at least 341 as rescuers braved the stench of rotting corpses to look for any more signs of life.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Put work safety before profits

Rescuers worked at the site of a building that collapsed last week in Bangladesh. Photo: AP

Ever since a garment factory fire in November that killed nearly 120 people, pressure has mounted on Western companies to ensure the safety of Bangladeshi factories that make the goods they sell. A couple of firms endorsed a plan for Western retailers to finance structural and fire safety improvements - but only if rivals came on board.

2 May 2013 - 10:05am

Briefs, November 28, 2012

Garment workers shout slogans as they attend a mourning procession for the death of the workers of the Ashlia fire accident in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 27 November 2012. Photo: EPA

Factory boss on the run in Bangladesh

28 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

Ease rules for factory conversions, says Far East Consortium

Property developer Far East Consortium International says the government should relax conditions on the conversion of industrial buildings for other uses in a bid to speed up the redevelopment of under-utilised properties.

17 Sep 2012 - 2:15am

Factory fires kill more than 300 in Karachi and Lahore

A man tries to identify the body of his relative at a Karachi morgue in the fire's aftermath. Photo: EPA

More than 310 people have perished in fires that gutted factories in Pakistan's two largest cities, in tragedies that prompted calls for an overhaul of poor industrial safety standards, officials said yesterday.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:21am

Proposal to convert old factories into temporary homes will not be practical

I refer to the report (''Convert factories into flats for poor'', June 26).

Property tycoon Henry Cheng Kar-shun has criticised the government's Community Care Fund, saying that it provides 'piecemeal' solutions.

However, his proposal to convert unused factories into interim housing is equally ill-conceived.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Now dried fruit is hit by food scandal

Preserved fruit is the latest addition to the mainland's expanding list of unsafe foods, after an investigation by state television found that some were processed in filthy factories and contained excessive additives.

Preserved peaches were found packed in bags that had been used to hold animal feed, and hawthorn berries were soaked in a pool of water that contained garbage.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese factories must give workers a voice in decisions

Over the past two months, a wave of factory strikes has swept across China, from the Pearl River Delta to the Yangtze River Delta. Last month, 7,000 workers went on strike at the Yucheng shoe factory in Dongguan that makes shoes for New Balance.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Olympic caterer bit off more than it could chew

Hu Zhiqiang thought the bad news about his former employer, Fu Ji Food and Catering Services Holdings, came earlier than expected.

The former vice-president of the caterer that helped provide food for the Beijing Olympic Games said he could not help rue the collapse of Fu Ji, which at its height was the largest domestic catering services provider in Shanghai.

2 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Lofty ideals meet mundane reality

The government yesterday offered examples of possible new uses for industrial buildings under a scheme announced in the policy address to encourage their conversion.

But even as a spokesman held out a vision of loft apartments and serviced flats sprouting in old factories, it quickly became clear that the devil may lie in the detail.

16 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Made in China

The inventors of ancient China may have given the world gunpowder, but by the 1940s, their descendents would come to know a box of matches as yang huo, or foreign-made fire.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Shanghai tannery vows to work with locals in clean-up

A Shanghai tannery with a history of environmental violations has vowed to 'join hands' with activists and the community to clean up its act.

The move by Shanghai Richina Leather follows a campaign by residents to stop the factory producing smells 'so bad, they even wake people from their sleep', one said.

29 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

17 held after workers storm Guangdong court

Seventeen people were arrested after 200 disgruntled workers attempted to storm a court in Foshan, Guangdong, yesterday in a dispute over unpaid wages.

8 Jul 2009 - 12:00am