Accord Disclosure on Refusal to Temporarily Evacuate Factory

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is conducting independent, engineering inspections for fire, electrical, and building structural safety at all factories in Bangladesh producing for Accord signatory brands and retailers.

At a recent inspection of M/S Mega Chois Knitwear Ltd. (118 Baipail, Mosjid Bus Stand, Ashulia, Dhaka), Accord engineers identified extremely serious fire safety concerns. The safety concerns were of such an extent that the building was determined unsafe for production and occupancy until such time that urgent remedial measures were completed.
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Accord statement on fire at Cordial Design Ltd storage facility

The Accord has learned of a factory fire at Cordial Design Ltd in Mirpur, Dhaka on August 31, 2014, injuring five factory workers. The factory is listed as producing for Accord signatories companies, and was inspected for fire and electrical safety on the 15th of July, 2014.

The Accord is informed that the fire broke out in a separate storage building. This storage facility was however not inspected because the factory owners did not inform the Accord engineers of this additional storage facility.

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One-Year Anniversary of the Signing of the Accord

One year ago today, 17 ready-made garment (RMG) industry global brands and retailers and 2 global unions and their national RMG affiliates signed an unprecedented agreement to make RMG factories safe in Bangladesh. One year later, 172 global brands and retailers from Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia have joined the legally binding Accord. Together, we are building a safe garment industry in Bangladesh.

The work of the Accord is not complete until the RMG factories are safe. With its operations on the ground since mid-November 2013, the Accord has a full inspections program underway to identify fire, electrical, and building safety hazards at Accord brand producing factories. With more than 550 factories inspected, the program is well on its way to achieve its goal to have 1500 factories inspected by the end of September 2014.

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Accord Statement on United Trousers Ltd. Accident

With great sadness the Accord has learned of the death of a worker employed as loader at United Trousers Ltd. in Ashulia. The Accord is informed the worker was killed when a divider wall in a detached one-story storage / canteen building collapsed from the weight of fabric rolls being unloaded from a delivery vehicle. The collapse occurred early evening on Saturday 10 May.

The Accord expresses our sincerest condolences to the family and survivors of the worker, to his friends, colleagues, and co-workers. We offer our sympathies and concerns to the workers who are reported as injured. The Accord is working to confirm the number and extent of their injuries. Initial information suggests 5 workers were injured.

This tragic event again highlights the urgency of assessing RMG facilities for safety and working in earnest to ensure such safety problems are properly corrected. This most recent tragedy demonstrates that while efforts are underway, we still have a lot of work to do. The Accord reaffirms our commitment to making RMG factories in Bangladesh safe.