Poor Materials Cited In Bangladesh Building Collapse

In Bangladesh, a government investigation found that "extremely" poor quality construction materials and a series of violations caused the collapse of a garment factory building last month. More than 1,100 workers were killed.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's turn to another story that we've been following, the aftermath of that factory collapse in Bangladesh last month. In a report out today, the Bangladeshi government says the Rana Plaza factory was, quote, "a disaster waiting to happen."

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The government report says the building was not constructed to withstand the weight and vibrations of factory work, and the ground was not fit for a multi-story building. More than 1,100 workers died in that collapse, now the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry.

GREENE: And the government had strong words for those responsible, recommending the owners of the building and the factories get life in prison if courts find their negligence caused these deaths.

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