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Bangladesh Fatal Fire Draws Attention to Dangers Garment Workers Face

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More than 100 people were killed in a horrific fire at a garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, which has been called one of the worst industrial tragedies in that country. According to a Reuters news report, it took firefighters all night to extinguish the blaze at the Tazreen Fashions factory. At least 111 people were killed and scores of others were transported to hospitals for treatment of burn injuries and smoke inhalation. Firefighters did not have an adequate approach to get to the fire, officials said.

Bangladesh is one of the leading producers of garments. However, workers who make the clothes here, often for many recognized and well-known brands including Tommy Hilfiger, the Gap and Walmart, work in conditions far from ideal. In fact, the Reuters report states that many factories are situated in cramped neighborhoods with few fire escapes. Employers blatantly disregard safety regulations and fail to take precautions. The garment industry in Bangladesh employs more than three million workers, a majority of them women. Human rights activists say large corporations that benefit from the toil of these workers must also take responsibility for the working conditions in those factories.

A Safe Work Environment

Under federal law, all employers are required to provide an environment that is safe for workers. Not only are employers required to provide job training for employees, but also safety training. Workers must be equipped with protective gear necessary to perform the job.

Anyone who has been injured on the job is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In cases where third parties are involved, a third-party claim can be filed as well. Examples of third parties include general contractors, sub-contractors, property owners, manufacturers of defective products, etc.

Compensation for Workers and Families

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job or if you have lost a loved one in an industrial accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

Other phone numbers for us are:

1-800-RADIO-LAW, 1-888-WYPADEK, OR 1-800-LAS-LEYES

Please visit us at: www.WORK4YOULAW.com

Source: Reuters

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