10 September, 2016An explosion in the Tempako Packaging Factory in an industrial area near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 10 September has left up to 24 people dead and injured at least 50.
Reports say that around 100 people were working in the packaging factory at the time of the explosion, which is believed to have been caused by a faulty boiler.
According to reports, the massive fire that ensued led to a partial collapse of the three-story building of the factory.
IndustriALL Global Union general secretary Jyrki Raina says:
We are saddened to see yet another tragic accident claiming the lives of workers trying to make a living. The three-year old Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is hugely improving safety standards in the country’s garment industry.
Today’s factory explosion shows the urgency in extending the same safety standards to other industries as well.