Dhaka – Explosion of a boiler at a garment factory near Bangladeshi capital has left at least 10 people dead and dozens others injured, police said on Tuesday.
Five people have been killed on the scene when the boiler went off at one of the plants of Multifabs Limited, a Bangladeshi company produces clothing for export markets, mostly in Europe, in Gazipur district, nearly 40 kilometers north from Dhaka.
Five others died in hospitals as they sustained severe burn injuries, said firefighter Mohammad Akhteruzzamn. He added more than 40 workers of the factory were taken to different health facilities.
The explosion occurred in the evening when the number of workers was lesser than regular.
The government launched an investigation to determine the reason behind the accident. Local people say the blast occurred during the regular maintenance.
Bangladesh, the second largest apparel exporters, had been criticized internationally for its poor factory safety standards after a series of industrial disasters, including the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse that left more than 1,100 people killed.
The government and international buyers have launched safety improvement schemes in more than 4,000 garment factories that employ more than 4 million workers, nearly 80 per cent of whom are women.
Nearly 80 per cent of Bangladesh’s export earning comes from the garment sector.
Major industrial disasters in Bangladesh
34 people were killed in a fire at Tampaco Foils, a food and cigarette packaging factory, in Tongi in September 2016.
At least 1,136 people are killed and 2,500 others injured when an eight-storey building housing five garment factories collapsed in Savar, a Dhaka outskirts.
The collapse of the Rana Plaza was the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh and the world’s most deadly industrial accident since the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India.
A fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Ashulia killed 112 workers and injures more than 150 in November 2012.
A fire at a factory kills 26 people and injures about 100 near Dhaka in December 2010.
At least 21 workers were killed and 50 others injured in a fire at a garment factory in Dhaka in February 2010.
Sixty-five people were killed in a fire at a textile factory in Chittagong, the port city, in February 2006.
A garment factory building collapses in Dhaka killed 21 workers and injuring dozens others in February 2006.
At least 64 people are killed and about 100 injured when a garment factory building collapsed in Dhaka in April 2005.
A fire at a garment factory outside Dhaka kills 22 people and injures more than 50 in January 2005.