Accord Overview of Review Panel Cases

This page provides information on factories covered by the Accord that were submitted to the Review Panel. The Review Panel was established through the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) led National Plan of Action. It was established for inspections performed by the National Effort, the Accord, and the Alliance which lead to engineers’ determinations that a building evacuation or suspension to operations is required.

In cases of Accord inspections which identify immediate and critical danger due to weaknesses in the structural integrity of the building, the Accord Chief Safety Inspector requires Accord companies to ensure the factory owner evacuates the building and stops Accord company production until it is determined the building is safe for re-occupancy. The CSI simultaneously requests the MoLE Inspector General to convene the Review Panel and to order the evacuation of the building until additional strength testing has taken place or immediate remedial measures are taken.

In order to overturn the initial production suspension / evacuation recommendation of the inspecting engineers, a unanimous decision of the team of four Review Panel engineers must be reached. The four Review Panel engineers are made up of one Accord engineer, one Alliance engineer and two engineers of the Government of Bangladesh/Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET).

The Accord is working with owners, brands, and labour in these Review Panel cases in the three critical areas of: expediting remediation, ensuring wages are paid to affected workers, and verifying employment of affected workers is maintained. This is very challenging work but the Accord is working earnestly to obtain credible and verified information from brands, labour, owners, and through our own efforts to ensure the provisions of the Accord are being upheld.

The table below provides a summary of reasons for submission to the Review Panel, information about the current operational status of the factory/building, and information about the status of employment of the affected workers. Some of the factories listed below were housed in the same building, which is shown by the merged cells for the date of submission and reasons for submission. Links to the relevant structural inspection report and the Review Panel decision for each inspection are provided in the summary table.

Factory Name Date of Submission Reasons for Submission Closure/Remediation Status Status of Employment
Jeans Care Limited
348/B, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka – 1208.

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
04/03/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Cracks in beams and floor slabs
– Discrepancies between design information and building structure
– Lack of load management of storage loads on 6th floor
Factory remains open, remediation ongoing. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the Review Panel decision and execution of the full remediation. DEA under development, soon to be submitted to the Accord. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Cherry (Pvt) Ltd.
284, Ibrahimpur, Dhaka Cantt, Dhaka

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
02/04/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Addition of structures at roof level added loading to columns
– Significant horizontal extension of the building and signs of distress
– Cracking of primary beams at a number of levels
Factory has been closed since April 2014 Accord structural inspection. CPL owner informed lead brand that he no longer wishes to produce for Accord brands. DEA was never submitted to Accord. Accord has informed the MoLE Inspector General of the status of this building. Accord provisions on maintenance of employment and payment of regular wages have not been met. Workers’ employment relationships were terminated by the employer shortly after the Review Panel. Accord labour and company signatories are in discussions on remedying. Discussions ongoing.
Florence Fashions Ltd
284, Ibrahimpur, Dhaka Cantt, Dhaka

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
FFL owner has permanently closed the factory in the inspected facility. Owner initially did not comply with Accord requirements for temporary evacuation of the factory, which resulted in the Accord issuing a statement. Accord has been informed the owner plans to re-locate to / construct a new factory. Accord remains engaged with the factory owner on issues related to safety standards at the factory under construction. At time of closure, workers’ employment relationships were terminated by the employer. Terminated workers were paid full legal termination benefits.
Softex Cotton Unit 1
Hazi Kuzrat Ali Mollah Super Market, 1N, Harunabad Pallabi, Mirpur12, Dhaka

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
06/03/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Double height columns with eccentric load
– Shear crack observed in beams
– Apparent deflections of downstand beams
– Inadequate additional construction onto cantilevers
Factory remains closed. Owner has filed lawsuit against the Review Panel. Accord is one of the defendants in pending lawsuit. Accord has confirmed the building can be viably remediated via de-construction of upper floors. Information obtained by the Accord indicates that workers received payment of 3 months wages shortly after the Review Panel decision, which means the Accord’s provisions were not fully met. The Accord continues to work with the signatory companies, owners and labour partners to ensure the provisions of the Accord are upheld.
Fame Knitwears Ltd.
Hazi Kudrat Ali Molla Super Market,1 Harunabad, Pallabi, Section-12

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
Factory remains closed. The owner has confirmed he will not return to the Fame Knitwear Ltd. building. Workers reportedly received payment of 3 months basic wages and were offered employment at other facilities of the owner shortly after the Review Panel decision. Employment relationships of workers are believed to have been terminated shortly after the Review Panel decision.
Four Wing Limited
PLOT # M/2, MAIN ROAD, MIRPUR-14

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
02/04/14 – Highly overstressed columns (smaller than shown on drawings)
– Heavy loads on cantilevers
– Lack of bracing on steel roof
– Columns above 1st floor exposed heavy corrosion
– Cracking in slab and beams
– Hanging concrete facing boards over entrance
Factory remains closed. Remediation has commenced and structural retrofitting is ongoing. Ongoing discussion on sale of inspected building may expected to result in re-location or shifting production to other facility. Accord provisions on maintenance of employment and payment of regular wages have not been met. Workers’ employment relationships were terminated by the employer shortly after the Review Panel. Accord labour and company signatories are in discussions on remedying. Discussions ongoing.
Tunic Fashion Ltd
Plot No.M/2, Main Road No. 1, Section 14, Mirpur

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
Factory remains closed. Remediation has commenced and structural retrofitting is ongoing. Factory expected to re-open. Accord provisions on maintenance of employment and payment of regular wages have not been met. Workers’ employment relationships were terminated by the employer shortly after the Review Panel. Accord labour and company signatories are in discussions on remedying. Discussions ongoing.
MENS APPARELS LIMITED
1351 SULTAN CHAWK MARKET, ATURAR DIPU, WEST SHOLASHAR

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
05/04/14 – Highly stressed columns – damage to columns at ground and 1st floor
– Vertical extensions to building
– High Loading in numerous areas
– Cracking and distress of structural elements
– Cantilever with significant concrete distress and deterioration
– Lack of relevant documentation
Factory remains closed. Additional DEA work required. The MAL owner has informed the Accord and lead brand that he is exploring the option of remediating the building and returning workers and production to the inspected facility. Remediation work update and DEA to be provided to Accord by building owner by the end of March 2015. Accord provisions on maintenance of employment and payment of regular wages have not been met. Workers’ employment relationships were terminated by the employer shortly after the Review Panel. Workers reportedly received payment of 2 months basic wages shortly after the Review Panel decision. Accord labour and company signatories are in discussions on remedying. Discussions ongoing.
Day Apparels Ltd.
1351 Sultan Chawk Market, Aturar Depot-West Sholashahar, Chittagong

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
Closed. Factory owner has informed Accord brands he will not return to the inspected facility. The factory owner relocated approximately 400 of the approximately 1330 workers of DAL and DFL (below) to 2 other factories. Monthly wages were paid each month to the non-relocated workers from April through September 2014. Factory owner is reportedly building a new factory and will not return to inspected building.
Day Fashions Ltd.
1351 Sultan Chawk Market, Aturar Depot, Chittagong

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
Closed. Factory owner has informed Accord brands he will not return to the inspected facility. See Days Apparels Ltd. above.
ALL WEATHER FASHIONS LTD
52, shahid tajuddin ahmed sharoni, mohakhali dhaka

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
03/04/14 – Non-compliance with the BNBC regulations with regard to required design loading: structure incapable of sustaining the applied loads
– Excessive storage height of fabric in storage rooms
– Poor quality construction resulted in cracking of columns, spalling of concrete, and corrosion of rebars.
– Several areas have significant water damage at wall and ceiling and beam locations.
– Roof appears not to have any waterproofing system applied
Open with production. The factory has remained open after aggressive load removal measures. Accord engineers continue to work with owner on enforcement of Review Panel requirements and execution of full remediation. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments. Accord has worked with the owner, signatory company and an IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) federation with members at AWF to address alleged termination of a group of workers subsequent to the Accord inspection and Review Panel. An acceptable resolution to these allegations was agreed to by the IBC federation, affected workers, and factory owner.
LIBAS TEXTILES LTD.
Mouchak, Kaliakoir, 1751, Gazipur

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
21/04/14 – Non-compliance with the BNBC regulations with regard to required design loading: structure incapable of sustaining the applied loads
– Old structural plan building 2 not reflecting structural layout, new drawings incorrect
– Vibration on roof of building 2 causing significant concern
– Fire escape staircases not suitable for emergency
Open with production. Remediation ongoing. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the Review Panel decision and execution of the full remediation. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Sadaf Fashions Limited
768, Askarabad, D.T. Road, North Agrabad, Chittagong

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
17/06/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Concrete appears to be soft and poorly compacted
– High loading and deflections of cantilevers
– Water damage from overflowing tank
– Cracking in beams, columns and slab
– Documentation is incomplete and inconsistent with as-built structure
– Slab edge protection missing

Factory remains open. Owner initially did not comply with Accord requirements for temporary evacuation of the factory. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the Review Panel decision and execution of the full remediation. DEA submitted to Accord and under review. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Ali Apparels Ltd.
Kutubail, Katherpool, Fatullah, Narayanganj, 1400

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
16/06/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Structural plans do not match the building or permit drawings
– Excessive storage and lack of load management plans
– Inadequately detailed steelwork, roofing and connections to the boiler house and the hut on the upper level
Factory remains open. Owner initially did not comply with Accord requirements for temporary evacuation of the factory. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the Review Panel decision and execution of the full remediation. DEA submitted to Accord and under review. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Mim Dresses Ltd.
Baishakhi Super Market, 4th Floor, Plot no. 10,11,19 & 21, Kalwalapara, Mirpur 1, 1216, DHAKA

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
15/06/14 – Inadequate load carrying capacity of all typical columns
– All typical columns at the ground floor rated RED after column stress checking
Closed. Factory owner will not return to inspected building and has accelerated construction of a new building. Accord, lead brand, and buyers continue to monitor the construction of the new facility which is scheduled to open in 2015. Workers have not worked at the inspected facility based on decision of owner not to return to the factory. The workers’ employment relationships were maintained. Monthly wages were paid each month to the affected workers from June through November 2014. New factory scheduled to open mid-Janaury 2015. All affected workers have been offered their jobs at new factory.
Newtech Apparels Ltd.
SALEHA COMPLEX, 215 DT ROAD, DEWANHAT, DOUBLE MOORING THANA,CTG, 4100, Chittagong

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
17/06/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Cracks in many beams and slab areas at roof level and the level below
– High loadings in areas of storage and in toilet areas
– Residential building extension appeared to have been built at a later stage with brick instead of concrete
– Lack of adequate drawing information
Closed. Re-located. Accord had to repeatedly contact the owner and ultimately the Inspector General for the owner to evacuate all workers from the building after it was found the factory had a small group of workers remain in the inspected building after the Review Panel decision. Factory owner will not return to the inspected facility. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Victory Knittings (Pvt.) Ltd
63/1 BB Road Rajuk Plot No. 24, Narayanganj

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
22/06/14 – Highly overstressed columns throughout building
– Slabs loaded by heavy uncontrolled loads.
– Water causing corrosion and spalling
– Apparently non-engineered steel staircase and roof structures
– Inconsistencies between drawings and as built construction
Open with production. To re-locate. Review Panel permitted a portion of the building to continue production with aggressive load removal and load management measures. The owner is moving to a new facility very close to the inspected facility. Accord follow up has been required for enforcement of Review Panel requirements. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Fakir Garments ltd.
EAST-CHANDMARI, KHA-PUR, FATULLAH, NARAYANGANJ

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
18/06/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Cracking to structural elements observed.
– Lack of management of load storage
– Apparently non-engineered lightweight roof structures contain inaccuracies.
– Inconsistencies between drawings and as built construction
Partially re-opened. Remediation ongoing. Immediate remediation work on the closed facility is completed and verified. Production and workers have been returned to 2 floors of the inspected building after remediation verification by Accord engineers. All workers were initially re-located to other facilities of the same owner immediately on the Review Panel decision. Return of workers to the inspected facotry is ongoing in accordance with remediation progress. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Oishi Fashion (Pvt) Ltd.
Shaheen complex,(3rd floor) 23, shataish road,gazipura,tongi, gazipur.

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
10/07/14 – Hghly overstressed columns and column sizes do not match structural plans provided
– water damage and possibly overloading of the floor slab below washing units
– Cracking of the side walls/roof to the water tanks at roof level
– Inadequate load management on roof, stairs, balconies and storage areas
– Slab cantilevers are not shown on the structural drawings
Open with production. Remediation ongoing. After failing to perform immediate remedial actions from the initial Accord structural inspection, this factory was submitted to the Review Panel. Building owner then completed the required immediate actions to remain open. Accord engineers monitoring remediation. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Masco Industries Ltd
Wazuddin Complex- 22, Shataish Road, Gazipura, Tongi

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
Open with production. Remediation ongoing. After failing to perform immediate remedial actions from the initial Accord structural inspection, this factory was submitted to the Review Panel. Building owner then completed the required immediate actions to remain open. Accord engineers monitoring remediation. Final DEA to be submitted to Accord. Received DEA’s needed revisions. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Dew Fashions Ltd.
House # 65, Board Bazar, Gazipur

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
21/07/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Wall and roof bracing sagging significantly in dying shed
– Apparently non-engineered steel structures
– Absence of structural information
– Inconsistencies between drawings and as built construction
Open with production. Remediation ongoing. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the Review Panel decision and execution of the full remediation. Final DEA to be submitted to the Accord. Received DEA’s needed revisions. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Le-Nouveautex (Pvt.) Ltd.
65, Kunia, Barabari, Board Bazar, 1704, Gazipur

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
Partially open with production. Top floor removed from building and two floors evacuated. Remediation ongoing. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the Review Panel decision and execution of the full remediation. Final DEA to be submitted to the Accord. Received DEA’s needed revisions. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Ashulia Apparels ltd
Samad Mansions, Section:6, Block:kha, Road:01, Plot:14, Senpara Parbata, Mirpur, Dhaka

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
14/07/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Undocumented vertical extension
– Discrepancies between as-built & drawings
– Structural damage due to water ingress
– No edge protection at roof Level
After failing to perform immediate remedial actions from the initial Accord structural inspection, this factory was submitted to the Review Panel. Building owner then completed the required immediate actions to remain open. Accord engineers monitoring remediation. DEA approved by the Accord. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Pabna Knit Design Ltd.
plot-2, Road-04, block b, Section-2, Mirpur

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
11/08/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Design check required for the loading from the toilet plinths at each elevated level, the water tanks and brick structure at roof level
– Cracking identified on 4thfloor
– High loading due to dense population of workers combined with storage of finished goods and loose materials.
– No edge protection to fully accessible roof or to the stairs from 5th floor to roof
Pabna relocated. Accord is obtaining additional information on status of originally inspected building. PKDL workers re-located to facility of owner in Ashulia. Daily transport provided to affected workers. Workers who did not accept re-location received full legal severance benefits. All other re-located workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Himaloy
plot-2, Road-04, block b, Section-2, Mirpur

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
DEA is approved and as per DEA approval Himaloy is re-occupying ground and 1st floor. Remediation has commenced and structural retrofitting is ongoing. All workers working in the factory at the time of the inspection were relocated to another facility upon evacuation and are working and receiving their regular wage payments. A new group of workers are working in the partially re-opened factory.
Sisal Composite Ltd.
Hemayetpur Natunpara, Hemayepur, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
28/09/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Localised areas of storage leading to high imposed loads being applied to the structure.
– Inconsistent and missing record information
– Cantilevering half landing
– Beam depths vary between floors
– Hairline cracking observed in beams and slabs
Open with production. Remediation ongoing. After failing to perform immediate remedial actions from the initial Accord structural inspection, this factory was submitted to the Review Panel. Factory owner then completed the required immediate actions to remain open. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the RP decision and execution of the full remediation. DEA yet to be submitted to the Accord Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Adorn Knitwear Ltd.
42, Chowransh Super Market (4th Floor), Savar Bazar, Savar

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
28/09/14 – Highly overstressed brick columns in front extension
– Cracking in brick columns and damage to cantilevers
– Uncontrolled loading on floors
– Unrestrained masonry walls at roof
– No structural information provided for office extension
-Inconsistencies between drawings and as built construction
After failing to perform immediate remedial actions from the initial Accord structural inspection, this factory was submitted to the RP. Factory is now under new ownership. New owner has committed to RP decision but production and operations have been suspended. Accord provisions on maintenance of employment and payment of regular wages have not been met. Workers’ employment relationships were terminated by the employer shortly before the Review Panel. Accord labour and company signatories are in discussions on remedying. Discussions ongoing.
Tusuka Trousers Ltd.
KONABARI, NEELNAGAR, GAZIPUR

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
20/10/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Factor of safety of some of the columns were below 1.0
Joint Accord-Alliance factory. Submitted to the RP by the Alliance. Accord engineers verified RP required measures were completed. Factory remains open with production. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the RP decision. DEA submitted and under review. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Benhid Apparels
Jarina Plaza, Jhazor, National University, Board Bazar, Gazipur

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
30/08/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Vertical extension on the roof
– Overloading in almost all floors
Joint Accord-Alliance factory. Submitted to the Review Panel by the Alliance. Closed. Re-occupied by Uranus, top floor emptied. DEA submitted by Uranus. Workers are working for Uranus and receiving their regular wage payments.
Clifton Cotton Mills
Cad Plot# D28,28D/2 Char Rangamatia Kalurghat Chittagong 4208

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
07/07/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Factor of safety of some of the columns were below 1.25

Joint Accord-Alliance factory. Submitted to the RP by the Alliance. The factory has remained open after aggressive load removal and load management measures. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Global Merchants Ltd.
Baimail, Konabari, Gazipur, 1346

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
30/08/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Factor of safety of some of the columns were below 1.25
– Overloading due to large overhead water tank
– undocumented cantilevers on all 4 side of the building
– undocumented vertical extension on roof
Joint Accord-Alliance factory. Submitted to the RP by the Alliance. The factory has remained open after aggressive load removal and load management measures. DEA under progress. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
HB Fashions Ltd.
590,Colonel Jhones Road,North Kattali,Pahartoli

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
28/06/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Factor of safety of some of the columns were below 1.25
– Overloading due to water tank on roof
Joint Accord-Alliance factory. Submitted to the RP by the Alliance. The factory has remained open after aggressive load removal and load management measures. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
Stylecraft Ltd.
1/1, East Chandona, Joydebpur, Gazipur

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
20/09/14 – All external columns highly overstressed
– Some interior columns overstressed
Joint Accord-Alliance factory. Submitted to the RP by the Alliance. Accord engineers verified RP required measures were completed. Factory remains open. Accord engineers are monitoring adherence to the RP decision. DEA submitted. Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.
That’s It Fashions Ltd.
241 Tajgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka

Inspection report
Review Panel decision
16/07/14 – Highly overstressed columns
– Crack identified in one column
– undocumented Cantilevers on 2 sides of the building
– -Inconsistencies between drawings and as built construction
Joint Accord-Alliance factory. Submitted to the RP by the Alliance. Factory was permanently closed. Re-located Workers are working and receiving their regular wage payments.

Accord Initial Structural Inspections Limitations and Assumptions

The Accord structural inspection reports are used in discussion with the supplier or factory owner as a means to rectify or address any observations made. The report is not comprehensive and is limited to what could be observed during a visual initial inspection of the building.

The Accord initial structural inspections are not intended to be treated as generalised inspections and do not cover the deterioration of structural members through dampness, fungal or insect attack, nor does it deal with problems and defects of a non-structural nature. Other non-structural aspects of the building such as fire safety have been assessed through separate inspections with separate reports.

Except as otherwise noted, drains and other services were not viewed or tested during Accord initial inspections and are therefore similarly excluded from these reports. The Accord has not inspected any parts of the structure which are covered, unexposed or inaccessible and we are therefore unable to report that any such part of the property is free from defect.

External inspection of the façade walls have generally been carried out from ground level only by visual sighting. No opening up works were carried out (except as noted) and we rely on the Architects and Engineers drawings provided to us for our views on concealed parts of the structure and in particular foundations. Strengths of materials and components are untested and we recommend that the factory owners Building Engineer carries out insitu testing over and above those suggested to satisfy themselves with the material strengths and component details.

Recommendations, where given, were for the purpose of providing indicative advice only, are not exhaustive, relate solely to identifying key and obvious structural defects as identified in the initial structural reports, and do not take the form of or constitute a specification for works.

The Accord initial structural inspections reports do not comment in detail on the future seismic performance of the buildings and only highlight the fact that the building may experience significant damage or collapse in a seismic event along with many others in the Dhaka region.

The observations in the Accord initial inspections reports are based on the Engineering Judgement of the lead surveyor/engineer at the time of the survey. We assume in making these observations that no covering up of faults defects, filling or plastering over cracking or significant repair work has been carried out by the building owner. Any future alteration or additional work by the building owner will void these reports.

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