Last night’s fire in a slaughterhouse in northeast China, which claimed the lives of 119 poultry workers, is just the latest in a string of mass deaths taking place at worksites at low-income worksites across the globe. Here are but a few major example of unsafe work climates leading to heartbreak.
112 killed at Tazreen Fashion factory fire
Last November, 112 workers perished when a similar fire broke out at the Tazreen Fashion plant in Bangladesh, a garment factory which supplied cheap linens to Wal-marts across the U.S.
1006 killed in Bangladesh factory collapse
Earlier that same year, a nine-story building housing thousands of workers collapsed near the city of Dhaka. The factory was a major supplier of K-Mart, as well as other US stores looking to outsource their production to increase margins.
Fires destroy neighborhoods in Ambala
While there were no casualties, a recent fire at a chemical plan in India destroyed nearby homes and showcased the improper safety regulations given to these companies.
As an eye witness mentioned of the incident, “"There were only three fire tenders that had reached the spot to douse the flames."
Major retailers specifically outsource work to countries like Bangladesh and China to save money. It is simply not profitable to spend extra to increase safety standards for employees. Is it time for governments to step in to mandate safer work conditions? Let us know.