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Workers’ health protection still poor two years after factory collapse in Bangladesh

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 24 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2222
  1. Jocalyn Clark
  1. 1Dhaka

Two years after the Rana Plaza catastrophe that left over 1100 mostly women garment workers dead and more than 2500 injured, a new report has said that improvements promised by the government and companies have not been enough to improve the working conditions, rights, and health of workers.

The eight storey building outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, which housed several clothing factories supplying global brands such as Benetton, Primark, and Walmart, collapsed on 24 April 2013 in one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

The charity Human Rights Watch released the report on 22 April in Dhaka, detailing the experiences of garment workers, which included verbal abuse, physical assault, and threats of sexual violence.1 The workers, the vast majority of whom are women, are denied breaks to use the toilet and often do not have …

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