Factories for US Retailers Under Fire for Safety Concerns
In the latest global factory news, seven factories have been shut down in Bangladesh due to structural problems and or Safety Concerns. The factories, totaling more than 600, are owned by a North American-led group that provides clothing for U.S. fashion retailers including Walmart, Children's Place and Gap. The shutdowns are the result of an inspection probe that began in April after a factory in the Rana Plaza collapsed, taking the lives over 1,129 people and injuring thousands more.
The slew of inspections will bring the sub-par factory conditions up to a higher standard, reporting on electrical and structural problems, improper fire escapes and/or alarms, or other items that put the factory in danger. In the shut down factories, the alliance is expecting to provide employee compensation for up to 4 months while the buildings and machinery are brought up to acceptable standards. they are importing safety structures such as fire doors and sprinkler systems, incruing a huge cost to fix or repair each building.
While structural and electrical problems seem trivial in U.S. factories, other problems within a facility can cause an unexpected drop in production. Could your factory afford to be closed for up to four months for repair and/or construction? Would you be able to ensure all of your employees could be compensated during the down time? Often the cost of repair is much more than the initial cost of implementation and planning.
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