Pay Multifabs victims as per ILO convention
All brands sourcing apparel from Multifabs, where a boiler explosion killed at least 13 people on Monday, as well as the factory owner should ensure that victim families get full and fair compensation, Accord said yesterday.
Accord, the platform of more than 200 European retailers, also said the compensation should be paid as per standards established following the Rana Plaza building collapse.
Retailers and brands paid Rana Plaza victims following the International Labour Organisation's Convention 121, which mainly deals with industrial accidents and compensation payments to victims.
The Accord, in a statement, said it would continue to monitor the condition and medical treatment of the injured workers.
Following the incident in the early morning of July 4, the Accord dispatched a team of fire, electrical, and structural engineers to conduct a post-explosion inspection at the Multifabs facilities, the statement said.
The reports of the Accord engineers will be completed as a matter of highest priority and are expected to provide more detail on what happened, the level of damage, and what will be required regarding repairs.
The Accord had conducted initial fire, electrical and structural inspections at Multifabs Ltd in 2014 and 2015.
The required fire separation of the boiler room was verified as corrected by Accord engineers at a follow-up inspection on October 26, 2016.
Fire separation is a floor or wall (either without openings or with adequately protected openings) having a fire-endurance rating required by appropriate authorities and acts as a barrier against the spread of fire within a building. A fire separation does not address the issue of a boiler explosion. In light of the obvious need, the Accord will evaluate whether it can expand its inspection programme to include boilers, it said.