The International Labor Organisation (ILO) is deeply saddened at the deaths of 52 workers in the fire incident at Hashem Food and Beverage factory in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj district, says a statement of ILO.
The organisation expressed condolences and solidarity with the families of the victims and others injured in the factory fire.
If the fire safety measures required by the regulations were properly implemented, it would provide for safe evacuation of the workers trapped inside the factory. The ILO is working closely with the government of Bangladesh, employers’ and workers’ organisations and development partners to improve working conditions in the readymade garment (RMG) industry, according to the statement.
The ILO is working with the government’s labour inspectorate to enhance the effectiveness of safety inspections, and is helping with the development and implementation of an industrial safety framework that would extend the good practices applied over the past eight years in the RMG sector to all other industries.