The Bangladesh government has suspended seven inspectors who it claims were negligent in their oversight of clothing factories in the Rana Plaza building which collapsed in April, killing more than 1,100 people.
An official said the inspectors never visited five of the factories and that one had been operating without a licence since 2008. A government investigation has blamed the use of poor building materials for the collapse of the block.
Over the last few years, the number of factories in Bangladesh has soared to more than 240,000, but there are only 50 inspectors. The clothing industry alone employs more than 3 million workers, mainly women from poor villages.
The Rana Plaza’s owner and five executives and owners of factories housed in the building have all been arrested, but no formal charges have yet been brought.