A manufacturing plant boiler exploded in a garment factory near to the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, killing at least 10 and wounding over twelve others. The government bodies say the incident struck one of the world’s biggest garment makers in the region called Multifabs limited, which provides its knitted garments to clients in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, and Britain. Within the last 12 years, there were 10 major industrial accidents in the country, which has revealed its lax regulations, regarding building constructions and safeness of employees used in the garment production industry.
The fire officials said on Tuesday that a boiler blast leaves 10 people deceased and wounding dozens, the latest mishap to strike one of the world’s biggest garment producers. It happened late on Monday at a plant of Multifabs limited, a Bangladeshi company on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, according to a fire official. The fire service official Palash Chandra Modak said that “Nine people were killed in the blast and one died in hospital”. The company said that the plant was running well and the boiler had just recently been serviced. The company chairman and managing director, Mahiuddin Faruqui, told Reuters that “This was an accident. Everything was fine. The boiler was running well. After servicing when workers were trying to restart it, it went off”. This garment-making industry of Bangladesh is the biggest in the world after China’s, employs four million people and generates eighty percent of its export earnings.
The Bangladesh’s garment sector received scrutiny after the fall of the factory complex in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 people and a fire at a garment factory in 2012 that killed 112 workers. The activists have condemned many retailers for screwing up to better the working conditions in their supply stores with long hours, low pay, poor safety criteria and never being allowed to form trade unions common complaints of garment employees.
Take a look at 10 major industry incidents in the Bangladesh, since 2005:
- A manufacturing plant fire killed 22 people and wounded 50 others in January 2005.
- Yet again in April 2005, around 64 personnel were wiped out and 100 others wounded when a factory building collapsed in Dhaka.
- A factory building collapse kept 21 people dead and over 12 injured in Feb 2006.
- Once again in February 2006, simply a couple of days later, a blaze at a textile manufacturing plant in the port city of Chittagong kills 65 people and injured dozens.
- An open fire in the garment factory left 21 lifeless and 5o wounded in February 2010.
- In Dec 2010, a fire at a factory providing to global retailers caused the death of 26 people and injures about 100 near Dhaka.
- In November 2012, a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory which supplied to many traditional western brands left 112 employees’ dead and brought on injuries to more than 150. It was the deadliest factory accident fire in Bangladesh’s history.
- On April 2013, in the most severe ever industrial incident in Bangladesh, at least 1,136 people were dead and hundreds wounded when an eight-storey building housing five garment factories collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka. The collapse of Rana Plaza was also the world’s most deadly industrial incident since the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India.
- More than 100 people fall ill after inhaling harmful gas that leaked from a fertilizer manufacturing plant in the port city of Chittagong in August 2016.
- In September 2016, a flame at the Tampaco Foils, a food and cigarette packaging factory, in the north of Dhaka, killed at least 34 people and wounded dozens of others.