News Summary: Bangladesh blames owners in collapse

The Associated Press
May 23, 2013

COLLAPSE CAUSES: The defects and errors that led to the world's deadliest garment-industry accident extend from the swampy ground the doomed Rana Plaza was built on, to poor construction materials, to the massive, vibrating equipment operating when the eight-story building collapsed, a committee appointed by Bangladesh's government concluded.

TOUGH RECOMMENDATION: The committee recommended life prison sentences for the owners of the building and the five garment factories that operated there, though the charges they currently face carry a maximum seven-year term.

THE BACKDROP: The disaster highlighted the hazardous working conditions in Bangladesh's $20 billion garment industry for millions of workers who are paid as little as $38 a month.