Gazipur ASWAD Garment factory Fire – 9 Oct. 2013 – 5 Jan. 2014

 

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* Fire at knitting factory in Sripur:

Aswad Composite Mills limited, a factory of Pallmall Industrial group in Sripur, Gazipur caught fire at around 7:30 pm on Tuesday evening. Till 8:30 pm the fire could not be doused.

The assistant MD of the factory Humayun Kabir informed that the cause of the fire has not been determined yet. When the fire broke out the workers were at work but they could safely exit the building when the fire started to spread out in the first floor. The fire department came 45 minutes after the fire broke out. No incidents of casualty have been reported.
Kabir informed that 4 units of the fire department are trying to douse the fire and another unit is on the way.
Witnesses have reported that one kilometer area around the factory has been engulfed in black smoke due to the fire.
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* RMG factory catches fire in Gazipur-50 workers were injured :

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Fire catches a Aswad Composite Mills Limited in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur Tuesday night . Photo by DhakaTribune.

A fire broke out in a readymade garment (RMG) factory at Beraid Chala in Sreepur upazila on Tuesday evening.

Fire brigade sources said the fire originated from an unknown source at the first floor of a five-storey building of Aswat Composite factory of Palmal Group in the area around 6 pm and soon spread to other floors, damaging the cloths and machines of the factory.
On information, four units of fire fighters from Gazipur, Bhaluka and Tongi fire brigade rushed to the spot and were trying to douse the flames with the help of locals and fire fighters of the factory till filing of the report at around 8:45pm.
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* Gazipur RMG factory fire leaves 9 dead:

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Nine people were killed and 10 others injured in a fierce fire at a readymade garment (RMG) factory in Beraida Chala area of Sreepur upazila on Tuesday evening.

Three of the deceased were identified as Rasheduzzaman, 30, assistant general manager (AGM) of Aswat Composite Factory of Palmal Group, and two workers Nayeem, 25, and Raju, 30.
Fire brigade sources said the fire originated from the first floor of the five-storey factory around 6 pm and it soon roared through other floors.
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* 9 dead in Gazipur factory blaze :

At least nine people died in a fire that broke out in four buildings of a knitwear factory at Sripur in Gazipur on Tuesday evening, officials said.

The superintendent of police, Abdul Baten, told New Age that he had been reported that eight to 10 people might have been killed.
‘The fire is still raging. It will need more time to stablish the number of death and the losses,’ he said about midnight.
Ten fire engines that were working late into the night could not put out the flames in the fire at Aswad Compositor Mills Limited of the Pall Mall Industrial Group.
Local people said that the fire had broken out on the first floor of the factory building about 7:00pm during the interval between two shifts.
Workers of the factory and many of their relatives and neighbours gathered at the factory gate anxiously inquiring about the fire, they said.
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* 9 killed in RMG factory blaze:

At last nine people were killed and around 50 were injured critically in a devastating fire that broke out in a three-storey readymade garment factory at Baraider Chala of Sreepur under Gazipur on Tuesday evening.

Three of the deceased were identified as Rashedul Islam, 30, assistant general manager of Aswat Composite Factory of Palmal Group, and two workers Nayeem, 25, and Raju, 30.  Death toll may increase.
Fire brigade sources said the fire originated from the first floor of the Aswat Composite Factory’s sister concern of Palmal Group at around 5: 50 pm. Soon, the fire engulfed the whole building.
On information, eight fire fighting units from Gazipur, Bhaluka, Tongi, Kaliakoir and Savar EPZ fire service stations rushed to the spot.
The fire fighters along with locals were struggling hard to bring the fire under control.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire originated from the first floor of the factory and spread to the chemical storeroom and finishing section on ground floor and knitting section of its second floor.
A huge amount of finished products and clothes were stored on the ground floor of the factory which was totally gutted.
Station manager of Gazipur fire service Jafar Ahmed said, soon after information at least eight fire fighting units from Gazipur, Bhaluka, Kaliakoir and Tongi rushed to the sport and tried to douse the fire with their all out efforts.
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* Yet another inferno in RMG factory:

At least nine killed amid fears death toll may rise; firefighters’ frantic efforts still on

A fire in a readymade garment factory of Paul Mall Group in Gazipur last night killed at least 9 people as fire-fighters feared that death toll might rise.

Until this report was being filed around 12:30am today, at least 9 bodies have been located.
Superintendent of Gazipur Police Abdul Baten told Dhaka Tribune that fire-fighters had managed to pull out three of them Rashed Mandal, 40, assistant general manager, Nayan, a member of the factory’s own fire-fighting unit, and Raju Ahmed, a worker of the knitting section.

Other workers, who were assisting the fire fighters to douse the flames, have claimed that they had identified four more dead bodies of their co-workers knitting technician Khalil, 25, sample technician Nayeem, 26, and knitting operators Rubel, 24, and Raju, 25.
Fire-fighters could not say for certain how many more bodies were still trapped inside the factory. They said they would be able to give a definite number after the fire was fully doused and searching the debris.

They said most of the bodies that were visible from the outside, were almost bully burnt to ashes.
Witnesses and some of the workers, who sustained injuries while managing to come out of the factory, said they had seen more bodies inside the building.
Nine units of the Fire Service had been trying to douse the flames that spread to four other buildings in the vicinity.
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* Probe body over Gazipur factory fire:

A seven-member probe committee has been formed and asked to submit report in seven days over the fire at Gazipur’s Aswad Composite Mills Limited.

The fire, which began at 7pm on Tuesday was finally brought under control around 4am on Wednesday, Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence station officer Abu Zafar Ahmed said.
In the morning, fire fighters were engaged in dumping works – putting out smoulders under the pile of rubbish.
Sreepur police station Officer-in-charge Amir Hossain confirmed seven deaths. The bodies were being kept at Sreepur Upazila Health Complex.

Gazipur acting deputy commissioner Shahnewaz Dilruba Khan formed a seven-member probe committee, headed by Additional Deputy Magistrate Mohammad Mohsin, to investigate the incident.
The committee has been asked to file report within seven days.

Nine fire fighting units brought flames under control after nine hour of efforts.
The fire said to have went out of control because of a boiler explosion.
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* Bangladesh garment factory fire kills workers:

A fire on Tuesday at a garment factory outside Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, has killed at least 10 people.

Fire official Zafar Ahmed said 10 bodies were found inside the four-storey building housing the Aswad garment factory in Gazipur.
Journalist Iqbal Ahmed said the fire occurred when the factory was closed for the day, but some employees were inside working overtime.

Farhaduzzaman, another fire official, said the blaze spread to two nearby buildings that also housed garment factories in the same group, but that firefighters had doused the flames in two of the buildings and were seeking to bring the blaze under control in the third building. He could not immediately say whether any people were still trapped inside.
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* Statement on fire at Aswad Composite Mills, Gazipur, Bangladesh:

Commenting on the fire at the Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur, Bangladesh; Bangladesh Accord steering committee member, Andy York, said: “This is a terrible tragedy and we regret this tragic loss of life at the Aswad Composite Mills factory. We send our deepest condolences to the bereaved families. Coming so soon after the building collapse in April, this is a cruel blow to the community dependent on garment work in Bangladesh.

“This fire underlines the need for radical improvements to the working conditions and safety of garment workers in Bangladesh, concerns at the heart of the Bangladesh Accord.

“Until the full extent of the tragedy unfolding tonight is clear, it would be inappropriate to comment further and encroach on people’s grief. In the meantime, we hope that the rescue services can minimise the loss of life and injury.”
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UPDATE 19.45h (loc.time) :

* Fire kills  in new Bangladesh factory disaster:

A huge fire at a Bangladeshi factory where workers were making clothes for labels such as Gap and H&M has killed seven people in the latest disaster to blight the country’s garment industry.
Firefighters battled through the night to douse the flames at the Aswad Knit Composite factory at Sripur, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka. Parts of the two-storey building were still smouldering early Wednesday.
Police said that the fire was so intense that most of the bodies that have been recovered were too badly burned to be identified.
Workers said the blaze, which broke out on Tuesday evening, appeared to have been started by a malfunctioning knitting machine which had caught fire on a number of previous occasions.
An AFP correspondent at the scene found work order books containing names of the factory’s clients in September, which included US brand Gap, British retailer Next, Swedish fashion label H&M, Australia’s Target and French supermarket Carrefour.
A fabric swatch book marked with Walmart’s brand George and labels were also seen by AFP.
Revising an earlier death toll which put the number of dead at nine, local police chief Amir Hossain said seven bodies had been recovered after a thorough search of the building.
“Two bodies have been identified and handed over to their relatives. Five other bodies were charred beyond recognition,” he told AFP.
Hossain said that the fire was now “under control” although parts of the building were still smouldering.
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* RMG fire: 7-men body formed:

A seven-member body has been formed to investigate into the incident of fire that swept through a garment factory, killing nine people in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur Tuesday evening.

Fifty people were also injured in the fire that originated around 6:00pm in the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona owned by Palmal Group.
The probe body, which was formed around 1:00am Wednesday, was asked to submit its report within seven days, said Shahnewaz Dilruba Khan, assistant deputy commissioner (General) of Gazipur.
She is leading the seven members probe body.

The cause of the devastating blaze is yet to be confirmed, firefighter officials said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the district administration handed over the body of assistant general manager Rashiduzzaman Mandal to the authorities of the Association of Textile Engineering, a platform of textile engineers.
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* Gazipur factory fire: 7 bodies recovered:

Firemen recovered a total of seven charred bodies till early today (Wednesday) from the readymade garment (RMG) factory in Beraida Chala area of Sreepur upazila that caught fire on Tuesday evening.

Five of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
The rest two were identified–one to be of Rasheduzzaman, 30, assistant general manager (AGM) of the garment unit named Aswad Composite Factory, owned by Palmal Group, another to be of its worker Nayeem, 25.
The two bodies were handed over to the victims’ families.
Akhter Hossain, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence, confirmed UNB about the recovery saying that the bodies of the rest five could be identified through DNA test.
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The factory sources said the fire damaged huge yarns, fabrics and readymade garments.
Emdad Haq, director of the factory, said the fire broke out after the duty hours.
He also announced to provide instantly Tk30,000 to each of the families of those killed in the fire and bear the expenses for their burial.
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* Deadly fire at Bangladeshi garment factory:

At least nine people have been killed in a fire at a garment factory in the Bangladeshi town of Gazipur, 40km north of the capital, Dhaka, emergency officials have said.

Those killed in the fire at the Aswad garment factory included the general manager, Rashiduzzaman Mandal, said fire official Zafar Ahmed.
He said the fire was doused early on Wednesday after firefighters laboured for 10 hours to bring it under control.
Local police chief Amir Hossain said most of the victims had been so badly burned that they could not be identified.

Factory director Emdad Hossain said 170 workers were inside the factory when the fire started and most were able to escape. Hossain said he suffered slight injuries himself.
Farhaduzzaman, another fire official, said the fire spread to two buildings that housed garment factories belonging to the Palmal Group of Industries.
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* Gazipur garment factory fire kills 10:

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At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in a fierce fire at a readymade garment (RMG) factory in Beraida Chala area of Sreepur upazila in Gazipur on Tuesday evening.

One of the deceased was identified as Nayeem, 25, a worker of Aswat Composite Factory of Palmal Group. He hailed from Rangpur district.
Fire brigade sources said the fire originated from the first floor of the five-storey factory at about 6:00 pm and it soon roared through other floors following explosion of a boiler.
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* Clean Clothes Campaign mourns more factory deaths in Bangladesh:

The Clean Clothes Campaign is horrified by the loss of life at another garment factory in Bangladesh and sends its heartfelt condolences to all the families affected by this latest tragedy.

  • Ten workers are reported killed and over 50 injured
  • Factory linked to George (Asda / Walmart), Loblaws and Hudson Bay Company
  • Calls for intensification of work on safety and immediate compensation for the victims

Latest reports suggest that ten workers were killed and over 50 may have been injured when a fire ripped through the Aswad Composite Mills factory in the capital Dhaka at around 6pm on the 8th October. Firefighters took several hours to extinguish the blaze and investigations into the cause of the blaze are now underway.

Workers interviewed by the Workers Rights Consortium stated they were producing primarily for the clothing label George, owned by Walmart. Shipping documents show Import data links a number of other brands to the factory including two Canadian companies Loblaw and the Hudson Bay Company. We expect more brands to be found sourcing at the factory and would urge all those with production at Aswad to acknowledge responsibility and to take immediate steps to ensure compensation and medical treatment is provided to those who need it.
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* Another Fire: Nine workers reported dead and over 50 injured:

We are horrified to report the loss of life at yet another garment factory in Bangladesh due to fire. Our heartfelt condolences are will all the families affected by this latest pointless tragedy.

Latest reports suggest that nine workers were killed and over 50 may have been injured when a fire ripped through the Aswad Composite Mills factory in the capital Dhaka at around 6pm on the 8th October. Firefighters took several hours to extinguish the blaze and investigations into the cause of the blaze are now underway.

Workers interviewed by the Workers Rights Consortium stated they were producing primarily for the clothing label George, owned by Walmart. Shipping documents show Import data links a number of other brands to the factory including two Canadian companies Loblaw and the Hudson Bay Company. We expect more brands to be found sourcing at the factory and would urge all those with production at Aswad to acknowledge responsibility and to take immediate steps to ensure compensation and medical treatment is provided to those who need it.
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* Bangladesh factory fire: Six British high street brands links:

The deputy manager of the factory where nine garment workers were killed last night has told ITV News that six British high street brands used Aswad Composite Mills.

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Molla Boadnuzzamah listed Next, Primark, George, Gap, H&M, and Morrisons as customers who were using the factory. Other workers we spoke to independently also gave the names, aside from Morrisons.
ITV news has also photographed documents and files still in the factory showing some of the names including George, H&M, Gap and Primark.
ITV News has contacted all of the companies concerned and are waiting for them to respond.
H&M however confirmed that they have an indirect relationship with the factory. Read their full statement here.
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* Western brands linked to fire-hit RMG factory:

Leading Western clothing brands including H&M and French supermarket Carrefour admitted their links Wednesday to the latest factory tragedy in Bangladesh after an overnight fire killed seven workers in a fabric mill.

Firefighters battled through the night to douse the inferno at the Aswad Knit Composite factory at Sripur on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, which broke out when most of its 3,000 employees had gone home.

Workers said the blaze appeared to have been started by a malfunctioning knitting machine, while the country’s top inspector said safety problems had been raised last month.
Police said most of the bodies found Wednesday after the flames were extinguished were too badly burned to be identified.

“This latest fire to affect the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh reflects the sad and shocking truth that not enough is being done to address the safety and health of garment factory workers,” the International Labour Organisation’s director-general Guy Ryder said in a statement.

A correspondent who picked through the still smouldering wreckage found work order books containing names of clients in September including US brand Gap, British retailer Next, Swedish fashion label H&M, Australia’s Target and French supermarket Carrefour.

H&M, Gap, Next and Carrefour said their clothes were not made in the factory, but admitted they placed orders with the owner, Palmal Industries, one of the country’s largest garment groups.
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* Tuesday factory fire worries ILO:

Expressing dismay over the deaths in Tuesday’s garment factory fire, the International Labour Organization said not enough is being done to address the safety and health issues of workers in Bangladesh.

“This latest fire to affect the ready-made garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh reflects the sad and shocking truth that not enough is being done to address the safety and health of garment factory workers,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement.
At least seven people were killed as a devastating fire swept through the Aswad Composite Mills at Maona in Sreepur of Gazipur Tuesday night.
Despite the staggering loss of life over the past years, the ILO chief aid workers are still dying for reasons that could well be avoided if decent working conditions were in place.
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* Gazipur factory fire: 7 bodies recovered:

A total of seven charred bodies were recovered from the fire-ravaged readymade garment (RMG) factory in Beraida Chala area of Sreepur upazila till Wednesday afternoon.

Akhter Hossain, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence, confirmed UNB about the recovery. The search operation was abandoned at about 2 pm after the recovery of seven bodies, he said.

The deceased were identified as Rasheduzzaman Mondol, 33, assistant general manager (AGM) of the garment unit, ‘Aswad Composite Factory’, owned by Palmal Group, his nephew Naimur Rahman,26, knitting operator Khalilur Rahman,26, hailing from Pirganj upazila of Rangpur, Rubel Miah,23, of Mithapuker upazila of Rangpur, Bulbul Islam of Dinajpur, Minhajul Haq,23, of Fulbari of Dinajpur and Raju Miah, 21, of Kurigram.

Rasheduzzaman and Naimur were identified on Tuesday night while the identities of the rest victims were confirmed on Wednesday morning by their relatives at Sreepur Hospital.
All the seven bodies were handed over to the families.
Meanwhile, the factory authorities announced to give Tk 5 lakh to the families of each deceased. Besides, Deputy Commissioner Md Nurul Islam announced to provide Tk 20,000 to the families of each deceased.

Local MP Adv Rahamat Ali, DIG Mahfuzul Haq Nuruzzaman and senior officials of district administration, police administration and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) visited the spot on Wednesday morning.
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* Fire rages for 20 hours in Gazipur factory:

20131010 NEWAGEA fire-fighter uses water to put out fire inside Aswad Compositor Mills Limited in Gazipur on Wednesday after a fire razed the mill Tuesday night, leaving 7 people killed. — Sony Rahman

The fire that broke out in Aswad Composite Mills Ltd at Sreepur in Gazipur about 5:45pm on Tuesday continued till 2:00pm on Wednesday although fire fighters contained the flames about 4:00am.

Fire official on Wednesday afternoon said that they had found at least seven people dead. On Tuesday night, they, however, suspected that nine people were killed in the fire although they could recover only two bodies at night.
The superintendent of police, Abdul Baten, on Tuesday night also told reporters that the death figure could rise to nine. A labour group called Garments Workers’ Solidarity Forum, however on Wednesday, put the figure at 11.

Faruk, 30, who was injured in the fire, is admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He said that the  had been injured when he tried to put out the flames. No other injured was found to be taking treatment either in Dhaka or in Gazipur.
The labour ministry, the district administration and the Fire Service and Civil Defence set up three committees to investigate the incident
Fire officials and witnesses said that the fire had originated on the first floor of the factory where cloths were left to dry up.
The people who died in the fire had bee trapped in the place when they were trying to put out the flames, deputy assistant director of fire service Md Abdul Halim said. The factory had many workers trained in fire extinguishing.
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* Death in desperate fight against fire:

7, not 9, killed in garment factory blaze

Now, all that is left of him is the metal buckle of the belt he had on that fateful night, which glistened feverishly amidst the soot and char, as if to draw attention to the burnt remains of its owner.

Heroically, he came forward to douse the fire when it broke on Tuesday night on the ground floor of Aswad Composite Mills’ dyeing unit and in the process, was engulfed by it.
“Suddenly we saw fire coming through a pipe. It spread like a streak of lightning once it came into contact with yarns and fabrics,” said Ansar Ali, one of the 230 night-shift workers on duty at that time of blaze.
The situation went out of control within 2-3 minutes. “I went for the exit and instructed everyone to do the same. And thanks to reasonable fire safety measures, most of us could escape the inferno.”
“Some of us who had fire-fighting training, however, stayed back to contain the fire.”
Unfortunately, the flame was so ferocious that the fire extinguishers were of no use, said Mahmudul Karim, a floor in-charge of the factory’s garment section. “We did our best for one and a half hours to control with those hose reels but it was not enough.”
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* Gazipur RMG unit fire kills 7:

Gazipur district administration formed a seven-member body Wednesday to probe into the fire that broke into Aswad Composite Mills of Palmal Group Tuesday night, killing at least seven people at Sreepur in Gazipur, police said.

The probe team, led by Assistant Deputy Commissioner (General) of Gazipur, Shahnewaz Dilruba Khan, was also asked to submit its findings within the next seven working days, Officer-in-Charge of Sreepur Police Station, Amir Hossain said.
He said they recovered seven bodies and all of them have been identified. “Some of the remains of the victims were also handed over to their families,” the local police chief said.
Talking to the FE, a senior fire service official said the fire originated at about 5:45pm on Tuesday at dying section of the factory and spread to nearby chemical store on the first floor.
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* Yet another pointer to lack of RMG workplace safety:

The fire at Aswad Composite Mills Limited at Sripur in Gazipur, which began Tuesday evening, took ten fire engines nearly 18 hours to douse and left at least seven persons dead, brings to the fore, yet again, the issue of workplace safety in the apparel sector.

According to media reports, the fire began on the first floor of the four-storey factory building about 5:45pm and soon engulfed the entire structure. Fortunately, most of the workers were outside the building for a break between two shifts; the casualty could have been colossal otherwise.
The extent and intensity of the fire, highlighted by the fact that it raged on in full force till early Wednesday morning and was completely put off around midday, and that smoke spread to areas within a one-kilometre radius of the factory, tends to provide a poignant pointer to the abysmally inadequate fire safety at the factory.
Most importantly, it tends to indicate that the factory owners in general and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association in particular may not be adequately sincere and serious about containing industrial accidents in the apparel sector.
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* It’s an accident, Aswad owner says:

The company to give Tk 5 lakh to each of the dead as compensation

The fire at Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur was an accident, not an act of sabotage, the owner of the factory said yesterday.

The fire originated in the chimney of a heating machine, said Nafis Sikder, managing director of Palmal Group, the owning company of the factory.
“However, the way the fire spread across the entire factory was mysterious. It spread in only 15 minutes,” Nafis said at a press conference at BGMEA office in Dhaka.
Separate probe teams of the government and the garment makers’ trade body are working to find out the cause of the fire that claimed seven lives on Tuesday night.
Nafis said they are yet to assess the losses and will try to reopen the factory as soon as possible.

The buyers have expressed condolence but did not make any negative gesture after the fire, he said.
Each of the deceased will get Tk 5 lakh as compensation from the company and another Tk 2 lakh will come from an insurance scheme of the BGMEA, Nafis said.
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* Aswad Mills fire ‘industrial accident’: BGMEA :

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) termed Wednesday the fire incident at Aswad Composite Mills an ‘industrial accident’.

“It is an industrial accident… And such a fire incident in a compliant factory carries a message for the country’s apparel sector just before the beginning of an annual event – BATEXPO 2013,” BGMEA president Atiqul Islam told a press briefing at its headquarters in the city.

Senior BGMEA leaders were also present at the press conference.
He, however, said the BGMEA will separately probe the Tuesday’s fire incident that left at least seven workers dead and 50 others injured.

The BGMEA leader informed the newsmen that the factory owner will provide compensation amounting to Tk 0.5 million to each deceased worker’s family, and also bear the entire treatment cost of the insured workers.
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* Deadly factory fire again underlines importance of Bangladesh Accord:

Last night, 8 October, at least 9 people were killed in a factory fire at Aswad Composite Mills of the Palmal Group in the Gazipur district near Dhaka.

IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union confirm their commitment to the comprehensive 5-year plan of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council of trade union affiliates is working to assist the humanitarian relief effort following the fire that also injured a reported 50. The joint IBC team is working with both the families of the victims and the injured workers. This effort will coordinate with the labour ministry and the employer associations BGMEA and BKMEA.

135 workers of the factory complex’s 2,000 strong workforce were inside the two-story building when the blaze took hold around 5.30pm.

Investigations are ongoing and we must wait to learn the causes of the fire. The Gazipur factory fire is shocking, but not surprising. The Bangladesh government has estimated that at least 50% of the country’s garment factories are dangerous.
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* Not enough being done, ILO says:

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) yesterday expressed dismay over the death of seven workers from a fire at Aswad Composite Mills on Tuesday night.

“This latest fire to affect the readymade garment sector in Bangladesh reflects the sad and shocking truth that not enough is being done to address the safety and health of garment factory workers,” Guy Ryder, director-general of the ILO, said in a statement.
He said workers are “still dying for reasons that could well be avoided if decent working conditions were in place” following the “staggering” loss of lives over the past year.
The ILO director-general, however, went on to acknowledge that the government and its social partners have been collaborating to improve working conditions, strengthen labour inspections and upgrade building and fire safety in RMG factories, following the Rana Plaza collapse in April.

“But all efforts and commitments will be in vain until they translate into concrete actions to avoid further loss of life or injury to workers. The ILO, as always, stands ready to assist the social partners.”
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* Latest Bangladesh RMG fire must be the last: ILO DG:

International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director General Guy Ryder has said Tuesday’s fire incident at Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur must be the last.

“The fire at Aswad Composite Mills should not be just the latest tragedy to beset the industry. It must be the last,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.
The ILO chief also expressed shock at the loss of life at the garment factory fire and conveyed his sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families.
“The ILO is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life…This latest fire to affect the readymade garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh reflects the sad and shocking truth that not enough is being done to address the safety and health of garment factory workers,” Guy Ryder said.
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* Discord over checklist delays factory safety inspection:

The prevailing disagreement among the stakeholders over some fire and electrical safety-related issues is causing delay in formulating a common checklist for inspection of apparel factories, thus keeping the sector’s overall safety as vulnerable as ever, sources said.

They said such delay in conducting the proposed factory inspection programme has caused yet another devastating fire incident that took place at Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur, leaving at least seven workers dead and several others injured.

The stakeholders including the government, manufacturers, signatories of the Accord on fire and building safety in Bangladesh, the North American Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and International Labour Organisation (ILO) in a meeting held on September 7 last agreed on setting common fire, electrical and building safety assessment standards.

But they are yet to devise a common checklist for fire related issues for launching factory inspection even after passing of one month of their announcement, which people involved with the process held responsible for differences among the parties relating to it.
The sources said all the parties sat several times but they are yet to reach a consensus over the fire safety related issues though they have prepared the standards relating to building and structural safety standards.

Due to the absence of a common checklist, inspection of apparel units by the government, that announced to start it from September 15 last, Accord and Alliance also becomes uncertain, they further noted.
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* Int’l brands have links to Aswad factory:

Primark scraps contract over ‘safety concerns’

Many high street brands, including Next, Primark, George, Gap, H&M and Morrisons, used Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur where nine garment workers were killed in a fire on Wednesday, the deputy manager of the factory told ITV News.

AFP adds that a correspondent of the agency who picked through the still smouldering wreckage found work order books containing names of
clients in September, including Australia’s Target and French supermarket Carrefour besides those retailers mentioned above.
Meanwhile, Primark in a statement said it had cancelled its factory contract over ‘safety concerns’.
‘Primark is deeply saddened by the loss of life at Aswad Composite Mills, owned by Palmal Group,’ said the statement.
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* RMG factory fire : Victims tried to douse flames:

They sacrificed their lives to save dozens of colleagues from the devastating fire

The six workers and one official of Aswad Composite Mills Limited, who lost their lives in Tuesday’s devastating fire, could not get away from the burning factory building in time because they were trying to fight the flames.

Several surviving workers said they had enough time to leave the building by the eight spacious staircases after the fire broke out and most of them did so, except some brave ones. Among them seven could not come out in the end from the second floor of the two-storey building.
Aswad Composite Mills is a sister concern of Palmal Group at Beraiderchala in Sreepur, Gazipur.

An official, who witnessed the incident, told the Dhaka Tribune that the factory’s Assistant General Manager Rasheduzzaman Mandol was in a meeting with Director Emdad Khan and other high officials in the afternoon in the conference room.

“I was standing in front of a row of workstations. Suddenly around 5:45pm someone from the knitting section shouted that he had seen sparks from a chimney of a Standard Machine. The machine was on the ground floor but its chimney came out on the second floor,” the official said.
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* Families left without support:

The seven workers who died at the devastating fire were the only earning members of their families

They sacrificed their lives to save dozens of colleagues from a devastating fire at their work place, but left behind families with no one to support them.

The seven workers who died at the devastating fire that broke out at the Aswad Composite Mills on Tuesday night, managed to save the lives of at least 170 fellow workers at the factory in Shreepur, Gazipur.

According to relatives, they were the only earning members of their families, and their sudden deaths have left elderly parents and younger siblings desperate, with little hope for the future.

Victim Mohammad Khalilur Rahman, 26, was a senior machine operator at factory. As the eldest son of the family, he was the sole provider for his elderly parents and schoolgoing younger brother, said his cousin, Ashraful, who came to Gazipur to take Khalilur’s body home to Rangpur.

Ashraful said his cousin was supposed to return home next Tuesday, with money and clothes for Eid.
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* Deadly Garment Fire Kills and Injures:

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 Just six months after Rana Plaza building collapse and less than a year after the Tazreen factory fire, at least ten workers were killed Tuesday evening when a fire broke out at the Aswad Composite Mills garment factory in Gazipur, near Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

The fire started at about 6:00 p.m. in the dyeing section of a two-story clothing factory, owned by Palmal Group, large exporter which owns 27 garment factories.  Approximately 170 workers were in the building.  The flames spread to two nearby factory buildings that are also owned by the Palmal Group.

Buyers of clothing made in Aswad include Wal-Mart (“George” clothing line,) UK’s Primark, and two Canadian companies ── Hudson’s Bay Co. and Loblaws Inc., owner of Joe Fresh.

Aswad Composite Mills is listed among the nearly 1,600 garments factories that are used by more than 90 major fashion brands and retailers that are signatories of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which Loblaw Inc. is a party to.  Wal-Mart and Hudson’s Bay are signatories of an alternate factory safety pact, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, led by a number of North American retailers.
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* Walmart and Gap: End Deathtraps Now! :

The latest in a series of preventable factory disasters in the Bangladesh garment industry occurred on October 8, 2013. Yet again, Walmart and Gap are responsible and must be held accountable.

Hundreds of workers were inside the Aswad Composite Mills factory when the fire broke out. Eight workers were killed and 50 were injured, some critically.

Aswad is one of 23 factories owned by the Palmal Group, which Walmart and Gap have praised as a top supplier. According to the Worker Rights Consortium, workers and management at the factory said that Walmart was the largest customer of the factory at the time of the fire – they had been producing for the company’s George brand. Reporters onsite uncovered documents of Gap, Walmart and other brands.

Walmart now owes compensation to the victims of three major factory catastrophes that have taken place in the Bangladesh garment industry within the past year. This is no coincidence. Walmart’s “always low prices” approach has helped create a garment industry of low wages and low safety standards in Bangladesh. As the second largest buyer of clothing from Bangladesh, Walmart bears a major responsibility to clean up the industry from which it has greatly profited.
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* Bangladesh factory hit by deadly fire made Hudson’s Bay clothing:

The Bangladesh garment factory hit by a fire that killed at least nine people and injured some 50 more on Tuesday had manufactured clothing for western retailers including Hudson’s Bay Co, the department store operator confirmed.

The fire originated in the knitting section of an Aswad Composite Mills factory.
Hudson’s Bay said the last order it placed with Aswad was in October 2012 for delivery in April 2013. Spokeswoman Tiffany Bourre said the Canadian retailer decided at the time it would not place further orders with Aswad but did not elaborate.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc spokesman Kevin Gardner confirmed in an email that some of its suppliers source fabric from the mill where the fire broke out but noted that Wal-Mart does not have a direct contractual relationship with Aswad.
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* UN says: Latest BD RMG fire highlights more safety:

The United Nations labour agency said it was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh, adding that the incident highlights the need to do more to address the safety of workers.

At least nine people have reportedly been killed in the fire that broke out at Aswad Composite Mills near the capital, Dhaka, late yesterday. Media reports add that about 50 people have also been injured. More than 1,100 people died when another factory collapsed in April.

“This latest fire to affect the ready-made garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh reflects the sad and shocking truth that not enough is being done to address the safety and health of garment factory workers,” said a statement issued by the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder.
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* Western brands linked to latest fire-hit factory:

Leading Western brands including H&M and French supermarket Carrefour admitted their links Wednesday to the latest factory tragedy in Bangladesh after an overnight fire killed seven workers in a fabric mill.

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* Attack on rally against factory owners condemned:

A group of right activists, academicians and politicians in a joint statement on Saturday condemned the attack on a rally of apparel workers against the negligence of owners Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur and demanded punishment of the attackers and people responsible for the factory fire.

‘We condemn the attack and demand punishment of the attackers and people responsible for the fire at Aswad Composite Mills.
We also demand trial of the attackers and people responsible for the fire to change the anti-workers image of factory owners and the ruling class of Bangladesh that had developed across the world after the incidents of fire at Tazreen and Smart garment factories and the collapse of the Rana Plaza building,’ the statement said.
The signatories to the statement said the the fire in the Pall Mall Group concern Aswad Composite Mills left seven workers, including two organisers of Garments Sramik Oikya Forum — Rube and Khalil — and officials dead on October 8.
As the media reported, the fire was severe because of the storage of a huge amount of flammable objects inside the factory ignoring the safety of the workers in violation of the factory act.
The Garments Sramik Oikya Forum and the Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad organised a rally at Sripur in Gazipur on October 10 denouncing the owners’ negligence and goons hired by the owners attacked the rally, they said.
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ight to douse the inferno at the Aswad Knit Composite factory in Sripur on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, which broke out when most of its 3,000 employees had gone home.
Workers said the blaze appeared to have been started by a malfunctioning knitting machine, while the country’s top inspector said safety problems had been raised last month.
Police said most of the bodies found Wednesday after the flames were extinguished were too badly burned to be identified.
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The factory authorities had begun paying salaries and Eid bonus to its workers and employees around 3:30pm, said the factory’s Senior Manager Abdul Halim.
Earlier, on Oct 7, the workers were paid their arrear dues.
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* Statement regarding the Fire at the Aswad Composite Mill:

The Steering Committee of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the “Accord”) Statement regarding the Fire at the Aswad Composite Mills, owned by Palmal Group in Gazipur, Bangladesh

The Steering Committee of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the “Accord”) is deeply saddened and would like to express its sorrow at this latest tragedy in the garment manufacturing industry in Bangladesh. The Accord sends its deepest condolences to the bereaved families. This fire, once again, underlines the urgent need for comprehensive and in-depth improvements to the working conditions and safety of garment workers in Bangladesh.

The Accord is a groundbreaking initiative through which signatory brands have agreed to inspect its covered factories and ensure that financial resources are available for repair and remediation where needed. Almost 100 global brands and retailers have signed the Accord, together with global unions UNI Global Union and IndustriALL.

The Accord recently published its list of nearly 1600 factories which are covered under its provisions. Some in the press have questioned why Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur (as opposed to the factory with the same name located in Ashulia) does not appear on the list. This is because this factory is primarily a fabric mill.
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* Attack on rally against factory owners condemned:

A group of right activists, academicians and politicians in a joint statement on Saturday condemned the attack on a rally of apparel workers against the negligence of owners Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur and demanded punishment of the attackers and people responsible for the factory fire.

‘We condemn the attack and demand punishment of the attackers and people responsible for the fire at Aswad Composite Mills.
We also demand trial of the attackers and people responsible for the fire to change the anti-workers image of factory owners and the ruling class of Bangladesh that had developed across the world after the incidents of fire at Tazreen and Smart garment factories and the collapse of the Rana Plaza building,’ the statement said.
The signatories to the statement said the the fire in the Pall Mall Group concern Aswad Composite Mills left seven workers, including two organisers of Garments Sramik Oikya Forum — Rube and Khalil — and officials dead on October 8.
As the media reported, the fire was severe because of the storage of a huge amount of flammable objects inside the factory ignoring the safety of the workers in violation of the factory act.
The Garments Sramik Oikya Forum and the Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad organised a rally at Sripur in Gazipur on October 10 denouncing the owners’ negligence and goons hired by the owners attacked the rally, they said.
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* Govt to sue Aswad mill for lack of fire safety measures :

The government is going to sue Aswad Composite Mills authorities on charge of non-compliance with the recommendations made by the official inspection team in order to ensure fire safety measures.

“We will file a case against the authorities of the unit that was gutted by a massive fire, leaving at least seven workers dead and several others insured,” labour secretary Mikail Shipar told the FE Sunday, adding the process to file case had already started.

The official inspection team visited the factory on September 25 and it found that the unit lacked safety measures, he said adding the labour inspection department had also issued a notice to the factory instructing it to put in place some measures.
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* Kmart offers compensation to RMG inferno victims:

The factory owners have also announced Tk500,000 in compensation for families of each victim

Kmart has become the first clothing chain to offer compensation to the victims and their families of the readymade garment factory of Palmal Group that was burnt down in Gazipur on October 9, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Kmart has been the latest company to confirm that they had recently placed an order with the factory, offering financial compensation.
”Our team on the ground in Bangladesh are working with Palmal and the Accord team to ensure that all affected families are compensated and that the factory workers can find alternative jobs,” a statement from Kmart said.
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* Kmart to compensate Aswad fire victims, their families:

Kmart, an Australian retailer, has confirmed paying compensation to the victims and their families of the Bangladeshi factory that was burnt down last week, leaving at least seven workers dead and injuring about 50 others, said a press release.

The company is one of the three Australian retailers, the other two being Big W and Target, to admit that material for its clothes was manufactured in the factory owned by the Palmal Group of Companies.
Kmart was the latest company to confirm that a recent order for fabric was placed at the factory and it was offering financial compensation.

“Our team in Bangladesh is working with Palmal and the [Bangladeshi Fire and Safety] Accord team to ensure that all affected families are compensated and that the factory workers can find alternative jobs,” spokeswoman of the company, Tracie Walker, said in the press release.
A seven-member panel is still examining the cause of last week’s blaze, and the factory’s safety regimen, the factory owner, Nafis Sikder, said claiming that the fire was not caused by any dereliction.
“The way the fire spread across the entire factory was mysterious. It spread in only 15 minutes,” Mr Sikder said.
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* Workers of Aswad Garments get Eid bonus:

The workers of Aswad Garments Factory at Sreepur that was burnt to ashes in a devastating fire on October 8 evening got Eid bonus on October 10 afternoon.

More than 1,000 workers got Eid bonus that was announced on Wednesday by the  factory authority to pay on Thursday. According to the announcement, the workers were gathering in front of the factory gate and waiting for bonus from afternoon and the management completed payment of   bonus at around 7.00 pm. General Manager (Admin),  Major (retd) Abdul Halim, Director Emdadul Haque,  and Alamgir Hossain were present at that time.

General Manager Abdul Halim said, during the fire incident, many of the workers lost their identity cards, but they could be given bonus after identification by the lineman of the factory. Deputy General Manager Shakhawat Hossain,  announced to re-open the factory on October 26.
After receiving the bonus, workers expressed their satisfaction and thanked the owners of the factory.
Workers said, on the occasion of Eid, all workers were demanding Eid bonus and advance salary for ten days of the current month before the incident. The authority also arranged a meeting to take decision about workers demands, but the factory caught fire a few minutes after the meeting. So, they were worried about the bonus.
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* Palmal Gr. sees no fault with Aswad factory compliance:

Garment maker Palmal Group on Tuesday termed the case filed against it by the government’s factory inspection department ‘false and motivated’, saying the company has followed required compliance accordingly.

“Our company properly maintained compliance issues for the factory – Aswad Composite Mills Limited in Gazipur,” Managing Director of Palmal Group Nafis Sikder told a group of journalists at the company head office in the city.
On October 8, a devastating fire gutted the Aswad Composite Mills, leaving seven workers dead and several others injured.

Mr. Sikder insisted that their company followed workers’ safety system, evacuation mechanism, proper installation of machines and healthy work environment.
He said an official inspection team visited the factory on September 25, giving what he called “positive” reports on most of the compliance measurers.

But the labour inspection department on October 2 issued a notice, saying that the factory (Aswad Composite Mills) did not follow a number of safety measures, he said.
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* Apparel exporter faces ‘baseless’ case:

Fire safety inspection report contradicts with the allegations brought against them, management says

The managementof Aswad Composite Mills, a concern of Palmal Group export apparel products,yesterday claimed they fall victim of a baseless case filedby the administration.

They argued the case is baseless as the fire safety inspection report contradicts with the allegationsbrought against them about lacking fire safety measures.
Addressing a press conference in Dhaka, Managing Director NafisSikder said the allegations brought beyond the inspection report were fabricated, baseless and controversial.
The inspection teammarked positive in 22 categories out of 50 while negative in one categoryand 27 categories kept unmarked, he said.
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* Palmal Group compensates families of fire victims:

Palmal Group, an apparel maker and exporter, yesterday compensated the beneficiaries of its seven employees killed in an October 8 fire in Aswad Composite Mills, a concern of the group located in Gazipur.

Beneficiaries of six of the deceased employees have been paid Tk 5 lakh each and an assistant general manager got Tk 15.87 lakh from the company’s group insurance scheme, said Nafis Sikder, managing director of Palmal Group.
Each employee will get another Tk 2 lakh from the BGMEA’s insurance coverage, he said.
The group handed over the compensation in presence of the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), at the group’s head office at Shahjadpur in Gulshan in the capital.
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* Families of 7 Aswad Composite Mills fire victims get Tk 5.0m:

Palmal Group, an apparel maker and exporter Wednesday handed over Tk 5 million to the families of seven employees killed in a fire in Aswad Composite Mills, a concern of the group located in Gazipur on October 8,

Families of the each deceased employee were given Tk 0.5 million and families of san assistant general manager got Tk 1.587 million from the company’s group insurance scheme at the group’s head office at Shahjadpur in Gulshan in the capital.

Former President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Annisul Huq, vice president of BGMEA SM Mannan Kochi and managing director of Palmal Group Nafis Sikder were present on the occasion.
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* HRW: Factory deaths could have been prevented:

Seven deaths at an October fire in a fabric mill in Bangladesh could have been prevented, Human Rights Watch has said.

In interviews, workers from the Aswad Composite Mills told Human Rights Watch that the fire hydrant system at the plant did not work properly, allowing the flames to spread quickly.
The fire is the latest in a series of garment-manufacturing catastrophes that have killed more than a thousand workers in the last year alone.

It is also a sign that foreign retailers need to take all reasonable steps to ensure all factories involved in their garment supply chain are safe places to work.
Seven people died in the fire at Aswad Composite Mills on October 8. Aswad supplied fabric for other Bangladeshi factories to turn into garments for North American and European clients such as Walmart, Gap, H and M and Carrefour.

The Bangladesh government and one of the retailers, Primark, said they had uncovered safety violations at the factory prior to the fire but no action was taken. Other companies said they had not inspected Aswad because they did not have a direct relationship with it.
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* Garment factory warned of danger before fatal fire:

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Firefighters battle a blaze that broke out at the factory of Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur in October last year, killing seven people. Photo: Star/File

The Bangladeshi textile factory that has made material for Kmart, Target, Big W and Just Jeans clothes, and in which a massive factory fire in October killed seven workers, was warned by government inspectors just a week before the blaze that the building was ”dangerous to human life”.

But despite a formal order to fix the major safety problems, the factory continued to operate without modification.
Australian companies sourcing material from Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur, 40 kilometres north of the capital Dhaka, say they did not know of the formal warning issued to the factory, but have conceded they never audited it.
Aswad’s owners deny there were any faults with the factory, and say criminal charges laid by the government are ”false and fabricated”.

On October 8, a massive fire broke out at Aswad, when the chimney of a drying machine caught alight, the blaze spreading across the factory’s upper floor and further inflamed by metres of fabric and drums of dying chemicals.
Two production units were destroyed and seven employees died, caught upstairs and unable to escape.
Order forms from a host of Western fashion retailers were found in the charred wreckage. Australian companies Target, Big W, Kmart and Just Jeans sourced material from the factory.

On October 2, a week before the fatal blaze at Aswad, the factory was issued with a formal notification by the Bangladeshi government that the building was unsafe for work. The report, signed by government inspector Shahidul Islam, raised nine violations with the company, stating that the building was ”dangerous to human life and security”, and that the ”fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment were not maintained in an appropriate manner”. The inspector also found:
The factory had been enlarged without approval.
There was no record of regular maintenance of motors, electric switches and wiring.
The building was not properly ventilated.
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* Fire at knitting factory in Sripur
* RMG factory catches fire in Gazipur-50 workers were injured
* Gazipur RMG factory fire leaves 9 dead
* 9 dead in Gazipur factory blaze
* 9 killed in RMG factory blaze
* Yet another inferno in RMG factory
* Probe body over Gazipur factory fire
* Bangladesh garment factory fire kills workers
* Statement on fire at Aswad Composite Mills, Gazipur, Bangladesh

* Fire kills in new Bangladesh factory disaster
* RMG fire: 7-men body formed
* Gazipur factory fire: 7 bodies recovered
* Deadly fire at Bangladeshi garment factory
* Gazipur garment factory fire kills 10
* Clean Clothes Campaign mourns more factory deaths in Bangladesh
* Another Fire: Nine workers reported dead and over 50 injured
* Bangladesh factory fire: Six British high street brands links
* Western brands linked to fire-hit RMG factory
* Tuesday factory fire worries ILO
* Gazipur factory fire: 7 bodies recovered

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* Fire rages for 20 hours in Gazipur factory
* Death in desperate fight against fire
* Gazipur RMG unit fire kills 7:
* Yet another pointer to lack of RMG workplace safety
* It’s an accident, Aswad owner says
* Aswad Mills fire ‘industrial accident’: BGMEA
* Deadly factory fire again underlines importance of Bangladesh Accord
* Not enough being done, ILO says
* Latest Bangladesh RMG fire must be the last: ILO DG
* Discord over checklist delays factory safety inspection
* Int’l brands have links to Aswad factory
* RMG factory fire : Victims tried to douse flames
* Families left without support
* Deadly Garment Fire Kills and Injures
* Walmart and Gap: End Deathtraps Now!
* Bangladesh factory hit by deadly fire made Hudson’s Bay clothing
* UN says: Latest BD RMG fire highlights more safety

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* Western brands linked to latest fire-hit factory
* Fire dept probing factory fire
* Statement regarding the Fire at the Aswad Composite Mill

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* Attack on rally against factory owners condemned

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* Govt to sue Aswad mill for lack of fire safety measures
* Kmart offers compensation to RMG inferno victims
* Kmart to compensate Aswad fire victims, their families
* Workers of Aswad Garments get Eid bonus

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* Palmal Gr. sees no fault with Aswad factory compliance

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* Apparel exporter faces ‘baseless’ case
* Palmal Group compensates families of fire victims

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* Families of 7 Aswad Composite Mills fire victims get Tk 5.0m

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* HRW: Factory deaths could have been prevented

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* Garment factory warned of danger before fatal fire

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