Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

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Alliance Statement on the Apcco Bangladesh Limited Plastics Factory Fire

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety expresses its condolences to the families of the workers killed in the fire at the Apcco Bangladesh Limited plastics factory on January 31. This tragedy is further evidence that all factories in Bangladesh—not just those covered by current safety initiatives including the Alliance and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh—must be inspected and remediated to ensure that every worker is protected.

The Alliance is working to ensure that factories from which our Members source meet strict inspection standards and provide a safe working environment free of structural, electrical and fire-related hazards. We urge the government of Bangladesh to take further steps to implement the National Action Plan commitments to improve factory safety, and to ensure that such work extends beyond the garment industry to improve workplace safety in all enterprises of Bangladesh.

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