RMG factory shut down partially

Staff Correspondent

The government-set review committee on Thursday closed partially a garment factory due to the weakness of columns of the factory building and asked another one for load management.
A review committee member said recently the International Labour Organisation-appointed inspection teams found structural faults in three garment factories — Fashion Export International in Chittagong, Eraf Composite at Fatullah and Mujib Fashion at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj — and recommended the committee for next course of action.
The committee on Thursday visited Eraf Composite and Mujib Fashion and asked the authorities to shut a portion of a six-storey building where Eraf Composite and three other factories are housed.
According to the review committee source, during the inspection they found structural fault like weakness of columns in one portion of the building and asked to shut down the segment.
The factory authorities have also been asked to conduct detailed engineering assessment of the building within the next six weeks.
The review panel found overload in the building of Mujib Fashion and asked its authorities to remove illegal structure from the rooftop of the building.
Earlier, the review committee, comprised of representatives from the government, Accord, Alliance, BUET, BGMEA and BKMEA, reviewed Fashion Export International in Chittagong and asked the factory authorities for load management immediately.
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.
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology had signed an agreement with the ILO to assess the factories that remains out of preview of the retailers programmes.
Since November 2013, the BUET team has inspected about 500 garment factories and referred two factory names to the review panel.
The two companies were entrusted with the task replacing BUET as its progress was slow.

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