Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:59 AM
Omaha Steve (63,502 posts)
APNewsBreak: Dhaka factory lost fire clearance
By JULHAS ALAM
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - A Bangladeshi garment factory that was producing clothes for Wal-Mart, Disney and other major Western companies had lost its fire safety certification in June, five months before a blaze in the facility killed 112 workers, a fire official told The Associated Press.
Separately, the owner of the Tazreen factory told AP that he had only received permission to build a three-story facility but had expanded it illegally to eight stories and was adding a ninth at the time of the blaze.
The revelations about the deadliest garment fire in Bangladeshi history provide insight into the chaotic nature of safety enforcement at the country's more than 4,000 garment factories. The powerful garment industry is responsible for 80 percent of the South Asian nation's exports.
A Dhaka fire official said the Tazreen factory's fire safety certification had expired on June 30, and fire officials refused to renew it because the building did not have the proper safety arrangements. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, wouldn't provide details of the violations.
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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121207/DA30QLI81.html
In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 file photo, Bangladeshi firefighters battle a fire at a garment factory in the Savar neighborhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late. A Dhaka fire official said the Tazreen factory's fire safety certification had expired on June 30, and fire officials refused to renew it because the building did not have the proper safety arrangements. The factory did not have any fire exits for its 1,400 workers, many of whom became trapped by the blaze. Investigators said the death toll would have been far lower if there had been even a single emergency exit. (AP Photo/Hasan Raza)
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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)
Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:47 AM
Earth_First (14,855 posts)
2. Isn't this what someone at the corporations gets paid big six figure incomes to keep up on?
Or is the PR game a big Vegas gamble, and the blind eye once in awhile gets bruised?