Posted by: Green Knight | November 27, 2012

Bangladeshi Factory Fire

I just got a petition e-mail from SumOfUs.org, about yet another one of these damn things where safety conditions were horrible, a fire broke out, the emergency exits were useless, and people died. I wrote a while back about how little we’ve learned in the U.S. since the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911 and the Imperial Food Processing plant fire in 1991, with similar conditions being present. Here’s what the e-mail said:

Last week, a fire tore through a garment factory in Bangladesh. With the emergency exits locked or blocked, hundreds of workers — mostly women — were trapped inside the nine-story factory. 112 people were killed.

And in the ashes of the fire, a local community leader discovered the burned labels of Walmart-brand clothes.

Walmart is claiming it has no responsibility for the deaths, even though it was purchasing garments made in the very factory that burned down. Worse, Walmart knew the risk to workers. Inspectors working for Walmart gave the factory “high risk” and “medium risk” safety ratings just last year, and this year’s follow-up report was never performed.

So, if you’re so inclined, look up Sum Of Us and sign the damn thing. I get exhausted trying to bash people over the head with the fact that investing in safety is far cheaper than lost lives, injuries, damaged facilities, worker’s comp claims, lawsuits, higher insurance premiums, fines, and jail time. The photo below is of bodies of the needlessly KILLED workers.

http://action.sumofus.org/a/walmart-bangladesh/66/166/?akid=1065.934461._52adf&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=1

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Responses

  1. here’s something from a group called Public Citizen:

    “And, most tragically, 112 workers in Bangladesh were killed when fire swept through the garment factory they were working in — after being ordered back to work by their bosses when the fire alarms sounded and where there were no emergency exits. Among the corporate giants the factory made clothes for? Walmart.”


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