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The death of more than 40 labourers in a raging factory fire in #NewDelhi, India has shone a fresh spotlight on the serious safety abuses that continue to plague the fashion industry s complex and opaque supply chain. The blaze broke out early Sunday morning in a residential building that had been illegally converted into a factory manufacturing products including #bags and #clothing. The building, in the northern Delhi neighbourhood of Anaj Mandi, had no fire certification or emergency escape route, according to The New York Times. Windows were blocked with metal grills, flammable objects covered staircases and one of the building s two exits were locked when the fire broke out, Atul Garg, New Delhi s chief fire officer told the media publication.

The fire is one of the worst to affect the garment #manufacturing industry in several years, but it exposes common safety issues that continue to plague fashion s supply chain   a dark and sometimes deadly underbelly to the glamorous ad campaigns big brands present to their well-off consumers. Such disasters are  symptoms of systemic issues which still haven t been fixed,  says Carry Somers, founder and global operations director at Fashion Revolution.  I m fully expecting to see another large disaster happening with significantly more people dying unless the whole system changes,  she adds.

In 2012, more than 100 people died in a fire at the Tazreen garment factory in Bangladesh. That same year, a fire at the Ali Enterprises factory in Pakistan killed more than 250 workers. In 2013, the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex became the deadliest #garment industry disaster in modern history. While the Rana Plaza disaster led to the Bangladesh Accord, a legally binding commitment to ensure worker safety, for the most part, these disasters have done little to change the way #fashion operates. Though they ve led to hand ringing and public recriminations for brands found to use unsafe factories, there have been no wholesale attempts to solve issues of lax regulation and enforcement or outright abuse. [Link in bio]  : @gettyimages
The death of more than 40 labourers in a raging factory fire in #NewDelhi, India has shone a fresh spotlight on the serious safety abuses that continue to plague the fashion industry s complex and opaque supply chain. The blaze broke out early Sunday morning in a residential building that had been illegally converted into a factory manufacturing products including #bags and #clothing. The building, in the northern Delhi neighbourhood of Anaj Mandi, had no fire certification or emergency escape route, according to The New York Times. Windows were blocked with metal grills, flammable objects covered staircases and one of the building s two exits were locked when the fire broke out, Atul Garg, New Delhi s chief fire officer told the media publication. The fire is one of the worst to affect the garment #manufacturing industry in several years, but it exposes common safety issues that continue to plague fashion s supply chain a dark and sometimes deadly underbelly to the glamorous ad campaigns big brands present to their well-off consumers. Such disasters are symptoms of systemic issues which still haven t been fixed, says Carry Somers, founder and global operations director at Fashion Revolution. I m fully expecting to see another large disaster happening with significantly more people dying unless the whole system changes, she adds. In 2012, more than 100 people died in a fire at the Tazreen garment factory in Bangladesh. That same year, a fire at the Ali Enterprises factory in Pakistan killed more than 250 workers. In 2013, the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex became the deadliest #garment industry disaster in modern history. While the Rana Plaza disaster led to the Bangladesh Accord, a legally binding commitment to ensure worker safety, for the most part, these disasters have done little to change the way #fashion operates. Though they ve led to hand ringing and public recriminations for brands found to use unsafe factories, there have been no wholesale attempts to solve issues of lax regulation and enforcement or outright abuse. [Link in bio] : @gettyimages

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