87 dead in Bangladesh garment factory collapse
Less than five months after a factory fire killed 112 people, the disaster Wednesday again underscored the unsafe conditions in Bangladesh's massive garment industry.
Among the textile businesses in the building were Phantom Apparels Ltd., New Wave Style Ltd., New Wave Bottoms Ltd. and New Wave Brothers Ltd., which make clothing for brands including The Children's Place and Dress Barn.
Tazreen lacked emergency exits and its owner said only three floors of the eight-story building were legally built. Surviving employees said gates had been locked and managers had told them to go back to work after the fire alarm went off.
This is what Ayn Rand would have wanted.

Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 4:44 AM PT: Bangladesh garment factory owners warned to evacuate before collapse that left almost 200 dead

April 25, 2013

SAVAR, Bangladesh With deep cracks visible in the walls, police had ordered a Bangladesh garment building evacuated the day before its deadly collapse, but the factories flouted the order and kept more than 2,000 people working, officials said Thursday. At least 194 people died when a huge section of the eight-story building splintered into a pile of concrete.

The disaster in the Dhaka suburb of Savar came less than five months after a blaze killed 112 people in a garment factory and underscored the unsafe conditions faced by Bangladesh's garment workers, who produce clothes for brands worn around the world.

Some of the companies in the building that fell say their customers include retail giants such as Wal-Mart.

Hundreds of rescuers, some crawling through the maze of rubble in search of survivors and corpses, worked through the night and into Thursday amid the cries of the trapped and the wails of workers' relatives gathered outside the building, called Rana Plaza, which housed numerous garment factories and a handful of other companies.

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Originally posted to aaraujo on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:58 AM PDT.

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