Garment Industry the dark side of this sector. Seven women were killed and guess who “all women” according to the reports over 12 were injured in a fire. The garment factory in Mohammadpur in the western part of Dhaka City, Bangladesh reported by The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights ( Seven Women Killed at Smart Fashion and reports that the workers were crushed as they tried to escape the burning floor, which is located on the second story of the building. Two of the women killed were teenagers, aged 15 and 16, according to the group.
“After more than two decades of the apparel industry knowing about the risks to these workers, nothing substantial has changed,” said Judy Gearhart, executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum, in a statement.
The incident comes only two months after the Tazreen factory fire, which killed 112 employees in Bangladesh. Bangladesh happens to be the second largest exporter of clothing to the United States behind China.
According to the New York Times:
On Sunday, labels from several French brands, including Sol’s, Scott and Fox and G Blog by Gemo could be seen in the burned second-floor Smart Export Garments factory. Two other labels manufactured for Inditex, the world’s largest fashion group, were also visible — Leftie’s and Bershka. Labor activists found labels for the German low-cost brand KIK and a purchase order by a New York firm, M. Hidary & Company, for Hawaiian Authentics swimwear.
Bangladesh Factory Fire Kills at Least 20 on Dec 14, 2010 NYtimes reported The fire at a garment factory north of Dhaka, the capital, was the latest blow to the country’s largest industry “ Bangladesh, Garment Factory Fire Kills at Least 20″
Workers in many leather tanneries in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, including children as young as 11, become ill because of exposure to hazardous chemicals and are injured in horrific workplace accidents. The tanneries, which export hundreds of millions of dollars in leather for luxury goods throughout the world, spew pollutants into surrounding communities. Human Rights Watch documents an occupational health and safety crisis among tannery workers, both men and women, including skin diseases and respiratory illnesses caused by exposure to tanning chemicals, and limb amputations caused by accidents in dangerous tannery machinery. Residents of Hazaribagh slums complain of illnesses such as fevers, skin diseases, respiratory problems, and diarrhea, caused by the extreme tannery pollution of air, water, and soil. The government has not protected the right to health of the workers and residents, has consistently failed to enforce labor or environmental laws in Hazaribagh, and has ignored High Court orders to clean up these tanneries. Under international law, the government is required to take reasonable steps to protect the right to health of everyone in its territory.
Bangladesh: Toxic Tanneries
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