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Negligence a big factor

Govt probe report blames Tazreen management staff

Apart from blaming the owner, the government probe team has held responsible mid-level managers of Tazreen Fashions for their "unforgivable negligence," causing last month's fire that killed at least 112 workers.

The probe report, submitted to the home ministry on Monday after a three-week inquiry, said mid-level managers locked the collapsible gates and fled for safer places when workers tried to get out of the factory after fire alarm was set off.

The blaze took about 30 minutes to spread, but it should take only about five to seven minutes for about 1,000 workers to get out the factory, it added.

"As the collapsible gates were locked and there was no emergency exit, hundreds of workers were suffocated and burnt to death as they did not find any other way to escape."

The four-member probe body held Delowar Hossain and eight others responsible for the "unforgivable negligence" and recommended bringing them to book.

The eight are Abdur Razzak, factory manager, Shahiduzzaman Dulal, quality manager, Mobarak Hossain Monju, production manager, Sohel Rana, assistant production manager, Harun ur Rashid, assistant general manager and Al-Amin, security in-charge, of Tazreen Fashions, and M Mahbubul Morshed, engineer of Apostrophe Engineers in Mohakhali.

Quoting Lily, a sewing machine operator, who also gave witness to the probe committee, the report said: "At about 7:00pm [on November 24] when she was going down from the third floor through the northeast stairs she saw that at the middle of the ground floor four people were trying to douse the fire using their hands.

"It appears that the spread of the fire was within a small area initially."

"She [Lily] also saw that the fire spread throughout the room after security supervisor Al-Amin poured one bucket of something on the fire. She saw director Shahjahan, factory manager Razzak, security in-charge Al-Amin and an unknown worker from the cutting section."

Lily forced her way out of the factory although Director Shahjahan tried to stop her from going out, said the report.

The probe report said the local fire office was informed about the fire 30 minutes after the fire broke out.

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It is really unforgivable. It's the responsibility of a human being to save others from danger. I can't imagine why they were so indifferent at that time! They must be punished who were responsible and who had information about fire but did not spread it over the workers.

: Rakibul Azad

This is ridiculous, when we, including our politicians, are going to learn to take responsibility of our own mistakes. No matter whose fault it was the owner of the garments factory must take the responsibility. Why can not we understand it is really high time for this country to implement and ensure strict application of Tortuous Law? How long we are to avoid death and damage of innocence over cupidity of rich powerful peoples? Even though it was fault of managerial employees yet the administration is to take liability under the law of vicarious liability. The government must stop keeping these greedy entrepreneurs in the shadow and the law against negligence must have to enact to prevent such disasters...

: Farhan Zahir Aryan


  • Nasim Hasan
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 08:46 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Well, there are government agencies to look after and monitor various compliance sections of industries in Bangladesh. They are equally to be blamed for these kinds of catastrophic incidents. As per laws of Bangladesh, an industry must ensure some security measures before going into commercial production. Unfortunately there are very few industries in Bangladesh that follow the provisions. But the question is, how they manage to go into commercial production right before the eyes of government authorities.





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