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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:13 AM

Over 100 dead in fire at Bangladesh garment factory

Source: The Associated Press

DHAKA, BANGLADESH At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh's capital, an official said Sunday.

The blaze broke out at the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions late Saturday. By Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 100 bodies, fire department Operations Director Maj. Mohammad Mahbub told The Associated Press.

He said another 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire later died at hospitals.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57553892/over-100-dead-in-fire-at-bangladesh-garment-factory/

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littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 OP
lexw Nov 2012 #1
Trajan Nov 2012 #2
valerief Nov 2012 #3
jmowreader Nov 2012 #4
Cooley Hurd Nov 2012 #7
2Design Nov 2012 #8
fasttense Nov 2012 #5
Flatulo Nov 2012 #6
ProfessionalLeftist Nov 2012 #9
humblebum Nov 2012 #10

Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:29 AM

1. Horrible!!!!

:_(

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:24 AM

2. The similarities are excruciating ....

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire

Date March 25, 1911
Time 4:40 PM (local time)
Location Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Injuries 71
Death(s) 146

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. It was also the second deadliest disaster in New York City after the burning of the General Slocum on June 15, 1904 until the destruction of the World Trade Center 90 years later. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three; of the victims whose age is known, the oldest victim was Providenza Panno at 48, and the youngest was 11 year old Mary Goldstein.

Because the managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits a common practice at the time to prevent pilferage and unauthorized breaks many of the workers who could not escape the burning building jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors to the streets below. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers.

The factory was located in the Asch Building, at 23-29 Washington Place, now known as the Brown Building, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark.

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Response to valerief (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 05:40 AM

4. Imperial Foods sprang to my mind too

Just about any industrial fire with massive loss of life will have two things in common: employers with no regard for anything but money, and a list of safety violations as long as your arm.

The same goes for entertainment disasters...the rock club in Rhode Island that roasted 101 people was soundproofed with cheap packing foam and the ceiling tiles were painted with roof coating. Throw in fire doors you couldn't see and complete disregard for occupancy limits and you're surprised it took that long to happen.

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Response to Trajan (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 08:05 AM

7. Triangle was my first thought, as well...

If one positive thing came out of that horrific event, it was the strengthening of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (as well as other Unions) and the adoption of humane labor laws.

Let's hope something similar happens in Bangladesh.

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Response to Trajan (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 08:06 AM

8. my first thought and how unions brought in safety - now corps go to other

countries that dont force them to be safe

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 06:39 AM

5. Amazing how cheap labor and deadly working conditions go hand and hand.

How absolutely horrible. May their souls rest in peace.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:20 AM

6. All so that we can get a $15 shirt that the buttons will fall off of after one wash cycle. nt

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 09:50 AM

9. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory - Bangladeshi style

The corprats hate unions and regulations so bad they have their stuff made elsewhere. And what happens? The same horrible disasters that happened here in the U.S. that gave rise to unions and occupational and safety regulations here that they don't want to be bothered with and never have. So they go to China. Bangladesh. Viet Nam. Anywhere they don't have to treat workers like humans or worry about safety or environmental regulations.

Spoiled. Greedy. Brats. That's what they are. And unfortunately, they own our government and control the world.

Citizens United. Keystone XL. The TPP. All of it. At the behest of these corprats. They think they own and control the planet and everyone and everything on it - especially all the money. Or at least that they should. And they won't be happy until they do.

Goddamned dirtbags.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:53 AM

10. And who are the enablers of such operations? And who has

 

the power to hinder such operations or to improve them?

The answer of course is ALL of us who purchase the goods they produce.

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