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Ten killed, dozens hurt in Bangladesh garment factory blast

The factory, which is owned by textile manufacturers Multifabs supplies knitted apparel to clients in Europe, including Littlewood, based in the UK.It is noted that at least ten people were killed and dozens were injured.The company argued that the plant was benign, the destruction of the boiler was purchased in Germany and only put into use. The factory had been shut for 10 days for the Eid period at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and was being readied to resume operations from Tuesday.Besides, the body of Amirul Islam, an engineer, was retrieved from under the debris of the factory in the morning, he said.Bangladesh’s garment industry employs four million people and generates around 80 percent of the country’s export earnings, making it the biggest in the world after China.Bangladesh’s garment sector came under scrutiny after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 people, and a fire at a garment factory in 2012 that killed 112 workers.”Bodies have been handed over to family members of the victims”, S.M. Kamruzzaman, a police officer said.The collapse of the Rana Plaza was the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh and the world’s most deadly industrial accident since the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India. “Fire separation alone is an insufficient measure… the explosion of a defective boiler can be powerful enough to breach the walls of the room in which it is contained, spreading fire and/or causing structural damage”, the statement says.He said the boiler had been working for about an hour when it exploded. “So I’d say this is a stray incident”.The statement was issued by the Witness Signatories of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Worker Rights Consortium and Maquila Solidarity Network. “The Accord Steering Committee, its leadership body, will need to approve this modification to the Accord safety standard and the Accord’s inspectorate will need to add technical capacity for this goal”, the statement says.