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Background: Rana Plaza factory collapse

More than 1,100 people werekilled and more than 2,500 injured after the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed on 24th April last year.

More than 1,100 people were killed after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed. Credit: Reuters

A government investigation found that poor quality construction materials and building code violations were among the "series of irregularities" that caused the collapse inthe factory which was linked to several high street names in the UK.

A firefighter tries to control a fire at a garment factory in Savar, outskirts of Dhaka. Credit: Reuters

At least 112 people were killed when a fire swept through a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital in November last year.

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Fire door padlocked shut in Bangladesh garment factory

One of the undercover workers filming in a factory in Bangladesh finds that the fire exit on her floor is padlocked.

The following morning 'Laboni' finds the door still locked: "Look this is locked. If this factory were to catch fire then will we be able to escape?"

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This is a particular worry after at least 112 people were killed when a fire swept through the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka.

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Young girl physically and verbally abused at factory

Secret filming in a factory shows physical and verbal abuse aimed at a young girl. The girl, who says she is 14-years-old is stopped by the shift supervisor from getting water, moments later he yells at the girl for failing to cut all the loose thread from a pair of jeans.

Jeans with Lee Cooper labels were seen inside the factory.

This video contains footage of a young girl being verbally and physically abused:

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Arcadia: 'No BHS goods made' at danger factory

Shirts with labels which matched those found stored in a factory in Bangladesh were found for sale in a BHS store in London's Oxford Street.

Arcadia Group, who own BHS, were told that their shirts were found stored in the Vase Apparels factory and of the conditions seen there where a fire door was padlocked shut.They said:

We have carried out a full investigation with our supplier The Fielding Group Ltd, who have categorically confirmed to us that no BHS goods have been made at Vase Apparels.It has been made known to us that the owner of Vase Apparels operates other factories in Bangladesh and some goods for BHS were stored in the factory concerned. Our Group operates in over 40 countries and arranges inspections of hundreds of factories each year. We take our responsibilities seriously in all the countries our suppliers source from.

– ARCADIA GROUP STATEMENT
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Lee Cooper: Production is 'counterfeit or unauthorised'

LeeCooper declined to be interviewed by Exposure and company executives rejected an offer to view the footage gathered during the investigation.

In a brief statement they said:

“We employ a strict set of rules to ensure our licensees source responsibly and can confirm that this production is either counterfeit or unauthorised.

"We will take all steps to eliminate the unlawful production of Lee Cooper branded products.”

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Factory conditions 'illegal and morally reprehensible'

Southbay labels from the Vase Apparels factory were matched with shirts purchased from JD Williams outlets, Premier Man and Jacamo, in the UK.

In a statement N Brown Group, which owns JD Williams, told Exposure it was a “…caring, ethical company” which strongly believes anyone making its clothes has the right to a “fair wage and decent, safe working conditions.”

It said the conditions identified at Vase are “illegal and morally reprehensible” and added it was “shocked and disappointed” that some of their shirts had been sourced from the factory.

The company said it would work hard to improve conditions in Bangladesh and will never knowingly buy from factories which don’t meet their “…own high standards and those laid down by the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative).“

N Brown also said it had sacked its supplier Basic Shirts and fined its agent and would donate the money to a Rana Plaza victims’ fund.

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