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Bangladesh factory collapse puts focus on workers' safety

Friday, May 03, 2013 - 01:19

May 4 - The deadly collapse of a factory in Bangladesh causes a rethink on poor working conditions and safety, while family members still wait to identify bodies from the incident. Adam Brauner reports.

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The collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that left more than 500 dead, has been the catalyst for concerns over labor safety and conditions. This woman says that workers are very scared that this could happen at their factory, adding that their salaries are low, at around 50 U.S. dollars a month. At the site of the April 24th disaster, emotional family members wait to identify their loved ones, but this scout member -- helping here -- says it is difficult. He says the bodies that are coming now cannot be identified because the clothing of victims is damaged and their faces are decomposed. He adds that the government has advised to take these types of bodies to the hospital for identification through testing of their DNA. One survivor of the accident has only just found his wife's body. (SOUNDBITE)(Bengali) MOHAMMAD SUJAN, WHO LOST HIS WIFE, SAYING: "After the accident, I was rescued on the fourth day and in hospital. I have been looking for my wife and after 11 days I found the body of my wife. I could recognize her by her clothes, they are giving me her body but they need to investigate more." An engineer, who warned the building was unsafe, is among nine to be arrested in connection with the collapse. The accident has cast a spotlight on the relationship between Western clothing retailers and the Bangladesh garment moguls who supply them.

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Bangladesh factory collapse puts focus on workers' safety

Friday, May 03, 2013 - 01:19