May 9, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- As Bangladesh struggles to improve its dismal industrial safety record after a massive building collapse last month, another garment industry disaster has raised new cries for reform. Shortly before midnight Wednesday, a fire swept through a garment factory in the capital Dhaka, killing eight people including its managing director and a top police official. Initial reports suggested that the fire in the 11-story building was caused by a short circuit on the second floor that spread to the third and fourth floors, where the factory was located.
May 8, 2013 |
The death toll from a building collapse in Bangladesh surpassed 800 Wednesday, as salvage workers continued to pull bodies from the rubble two weeks after the disaster. Many bodies were so badly decomposed that DNA samples were collected to identify them, the Associated Press reported. The building just outside the capital, Dhaka, housed several garment factories and was full of workers when it collapsed April 24. Some workers said they were told to enter the building despite their concern about visible cracks.
May 7, 2013 |
The deaths of more than 600 garment workers in Bangladesh's Rana Plaza factory collapse April 24 is a tragedy that highlights widespread problems in the global apparel industry. But will it be the spark that finally leads to much-needed global reforms? After disasters like Rana, or the fire at another Bangladeshi garment factory in November that killed 112 people, there is a tendency to play detective, to focus on the culprit, whether it be the owner, corruption or lax laws and missing enforcement.
May 6, 2013 |
Sir Elton John and Taio Cruz entertained at the star-studded 20th anniversary "Race to Erase M.S. " gala fundraiser Friday night in Los Angeles. Kelly Osbourne presented the charity's Medal of Hope to her mother, Sharon, and brother Jack. Charity founder Nancy Davis hosted and among those attending were fashion designers Tommy and Dee Hifiger and a host of celebrities including Rod and Penny Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris, Marg Hellenberger, Howie Mandel, Anne Heche, Cybill Shepherd, La Toya Jackson, Daisy Fuentes, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Mel B, Victoria Justice, Cat Deeley, Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Bella Thorne, Ziggy Marley, Kristin Cavallari, Kathy Hilton, Camille Grammar and Kim Richards.
May 6, 2013 |
Say there's a concert scheduled at a major Los Angeles venue, but that managers smell gas in the air before the show goes on. Chances are that they will cancel the event and take a loss out of an abundance of caution, said Dov Charney, chief executive of local clothing company American Apparel. But the same steps weren't taken last month, when a garment factory in Bangladesh crumpled soon after workers complained of cracks appearing in the walls, Charney said. More than 600 people died in the collapse, according to several reports.
May 3, 2013 |
The death toll in the devastating collapse of a Bangladesh building surpassed 500 on Friday as salvage crews continued to pull scores of bodies from the rubble. Nine days after the disaster, more people faced punishment or arrest in connection with the collapse, which spotlighted dismal conditions in the booming Bangladeshi garment industry. The building housed several factories that made clothing for sale abroad. Garment workers say they were forced to enter the doomed building despite their alarm about visible cracks.
May 1, 2013 |
Reeling from the deadly collapse of a building packed with thousands of factory workers, Bangladeshi laborers rallied Wednesday, marking May Day with renewed calls for workplace safety. The death toll steadily swelled in the aftermath of the disaster last week and continued to grow Wednesday as more bodies were pulled from the rubble, reaching 412 people killed in the collapse, according to the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha national news agency. Outrage over the disaster spilled into May Day, an annual holiday meant to champion the rights of workers worldwide.
April 30, 2013 |
Bangladeshi government officials and Western apparel companies have pledged to provide financial assistance to the families of more than 1,300 people killed or injured in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building last week. At least 388 people were killed after the building collapsed, crushing and trapping workers from five apparel factories in the multistory building. Disaster relief officials reported 968 people were hospitalized with serious injuries. Hundreds of people remained missing Tuesday, according to the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha national news agency . Several companies linked to the stricken factories pledged to compensate families of the victims.
April 28, 2013 |
NEW DELHI, India - - The owner of a collapsed building in Bangladesh was arrested Sunday near the Indian border as the death toll rose to at least 370 in the nation's worst garment industry disaster. With more than 800 people still missing and time running out, rescue officials fear the number could rise sharply. [Updated 11:45 a.m. PDT, April 28: Fire broke out in the collapsed building late Sunday night local time, Associated Press reported, forcing a halt to rescue efforts as smoke poured from the stacked slabs of concrete.
April 27, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- As the death toll rose to at least 345 people, more than two dozen more survivors were rescued Saturday from the rubble of a nine-story factory building outside the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka that collapsed Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, government officials detained five people, including two factory owners, on capital charges in response to the tragedy that has led to widespread public protests. Rescue efforts were hampered by rain Saturday, but soldiers and volunteers, many moving debris with their hands, managed to retrieve 29 survivors from the Rana Plaza building, local media reported.