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2 RMG factories recommended for evacuation as cracks found

Update : 05 May 2015, 07:34 PM

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has recommended the review committee for evacuation of two RMG factories as its engineers found cracks in the buildings during a post-earthquake safety assessment.

The factories are Ethical Garments Limited located in the capital and Man Trust Sweater Limited in Gazipur.

“The Accord has sent the names of two RMG factories for review. During the ongoing post-earthquake safety assessment, the retailers platform identified cracks in those buildings in the wake of recent earthquake,” said Syed Ahmed, Inspector General of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments.

Ahmed said Accord recommended immediate evacuation of the factory buildings for safety concerns.

The next course of action regarding the evacuation of two factories would be taken after the inspection by the review committee, which is comprised of representatives from the government, Accord, Alliance, BUET, BGMEA and BKMEA, he added.

After the 7.9 earthquakes hit Nepal on April 25, the Accord launched inspection to identify the immediate impact of the earthquake and it will inspect approximately 200 factories, which were deemed structurally the most vulnerable from its initial inspections.

In the inspection, the Accord found modest cracks in three factories in its post-earthquake safety assessment in 61 factories. 

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