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Garment factory fires: Here and in the USA

Photo: AFP

The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City in 1911 caused the death of 146 garment workers, mostly women and children. Many jumped to their deaths because the doors were locked to prevent stealing. The fire at Tazreen Fashions in Dhaka in 2012 has killed 111 workers, mostly women. Most of them died because the factory doors were locked to prevent stealing. The two fires prove that Bangladesh is lagging behind at least one hundred years from the USA.

The Triangle Shirtwaist factory disaster caused the US federal government to implement industrial safety standards laws. Will Bangladesh government implement safety standards law? Or will the law remain blind as usual to those who were responsible for the deaths of so many workers?

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If any US citizen is killed anywhere around the world, it is a very different story. We have seen how body bags from Iraq and Afghanistan matters to US politicians and administration; thousands of dead bodies of Iraqis and Afghanistan are very different dimension. If we think 112 charcoal-dead-bodies will make a difference to them...I do think otherwise.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

So US back in 1911 = Bangladesh in 2012 meaning we are 101 years behind than US in safety! There are some people in TV talk shows were saying that fire accidents happen in western countries and gave examples of France, US, Italy etc. But did not get the point that due to fire and safety codes in construction and during operation, the fatalities were much lower in those accidents ---I guess 100 years behind in logic too in defending violations!

: rch





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