With Death Toll Nearing 300, Garment Factory Disaster Among Worst in History

The death toll resulting from the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh stands at close to 300, making it perhaps the worst such disaster in history. (The famous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which ushered in a new era of workplace safety, killed 146.) The owner of the building, who allowed 3,000 workers to return to work after many raised concerns about the building’s safety, remains in hiding.

Meanwhile, there’s a western bent to this story too, as “activists combing through the rubble here have already discovered labels and documents linking the factories to major European and American brands, like the Children’s Place, Benetton, Cato Fashions, Mango and others.” [NY Times]