NFPA Journal looks at efforts to improve fire and life safety in Bangladesh's garment industry

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on May 7, 2014

BDFD09353340409F8413A459C02333E5We all remember the headlines: "Bangladesh Factory Collapse Death Toll Reaches 1,024." "Scores Die as Factory for Clothing Stores Collapses." "It Crumbles Like a Pack of Cards."

Last year's collapse of a clothing factory at the Rana Plaza on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, sparked international outrage. How many more people would have to die before the country took meaningful steps toward workplace safety?

In fact, those steps had already begun, says Randolph W. Tucker, associate principal for fire protection/life safety for ccrd, a Houston-based engineering firm with more than 30 years' experience in healthcare, science and technology, critical facilities, and commissioning. Global retailer Gap Inc., alarmed by the deadly incidents that continued to occur in Bangladesh, had decided to push for safer workplaces among the factories it used  to make its clothing—and that's where Tucker came in.

To see how Tucker and his colleagues began to tackle the enormous task of improving fire and life safety in Bangladesh’s garment industry, read "Progress Up Close" in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.