Structural faults found in 3 more RMG factories

Staff Correspondent

The government-set review committee has started its review on three more garment factories where the International Labour Organisation-appointed inspection teams found structural faults and recommended the committee for next course of action immediately.
The review committee comprised of representatives from the government, Accord, Alliance, BUET, BGMEA and BKMEA on Friday reviewed a factory located in Chittagong and asked the factory authorities for load management immediately.
At the same time the review panel asked the factory owner to conduct Detailed Engineering Assessment within the next six weeks.
The inspection teams have sent their critical findings on the three garment factories — Fashion Export International in Chittagong, Eraf Composite at Fatullah and Mujib Fashion at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj — to the review committee.
Syed Ahmed, inspector general of the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments, told New Age on Sunday that the review committee had asked the Fashion Export International owner to remove unauthorised structure from the factory rooftop.
After conducting DEA the necessary corrective action plan will be provide to the factory, he said.
According to Syed, the two other factories will be reviewed on March 12.
The two companies namely TUV-SUD Bangladesh Pvt Ltd and Veritas Engineering and Consultant hired by the ILO have recently started safety assessment in the garment factories that are not included on the list of the EU and North American retailers’ assessment programmes.
Earlier, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology signed an agreement with the ILO to asses the factories that remains out of preview of the retailers programmes.
Since November 2013, the BUET team had inspected about 500 garment factories and referred two factory names to the review panel.

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