Need for concerted effort of the hour

The devastating fire at BM Container Depot is a reminder of the need to work together to establish effective industrial and corporate safety frameworks and their enforcement, the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in Bangladesh said in a statement yesterday.

“The UN in Bangladesh calls on all concerned to show renewed vigor to address workplace safety deficits across the country and we lend our support to continue building a safer Bangladesh for all” , we read in the press release.

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The fire and subsequent explosion at the Sitakunda private depot killed at least 41 people and injured more than 200.

The Office of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and the International Labor Organization (ILO), another United Nations body, expressed their deep shock at this tragic event and the loss of human life.

The ILO said this incident illustrates the urgent need to ensure proper handling and storage of chemicals, proper training of storage facility personnel at operational and awareness levels, and effective crowd control in the event of an emergency. ’emergency.

The ILO, in its statement, offered some suggestions for dealing with these crises, including “adequate compensation and income support for injured and disabled workers and the families of workers who have lost their lives in work-related accidents. work”.

“Appropriate oversight of industries by government to ensure that industrial and accidental hazards are properly understood, addressed and prevented is key to improving safe working conditions in Bangladesh,” the ILO said in the statement.

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