Wednesday, October 14, 2015   

Four more Bangladesh garment factories shut
(04-09 18:56)

Bangladesh has closed four garment factories and partially shut down two others after engineers hired by Western retailers detected major structural flaws in the plants, an official said. Retailers are checking 1,500 factories.
A top government official told AFP that a panel ordered the closure of four factories in a multi-storied complex in the port city of Chittagong and two floors of separate factories in the capital Dhaka.
“We've found serious structural flaws in the Chittagong building complex. It was too risky. So we have shut down the building,'' said Syed Ahmed, head of the department of factory inspections.
Ahmed said engineers hired by an umbrella group of more than 150 Western retailers rang the alarm bell about the risks, ordering evacuations pending a review by the government panel.
Bangladesh’s garments sector has a woeful safety track record, highlighted by the collapse of the Rana Plaza on April 24 last year on the outskirts of the capital, which killed 1,135 in Bangladesh's deadliest industrial disaster.

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