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Workers safety; Fire took two labourers lives in a garment factory

Fire in garment factory

At least two labourers and one boy were scorched to death as factory caught fire in Lahore’s Minto Park today.

According to details, a sudden fire erupted at a factory and killed two labourers 22-year-old Javed and 45-year-old Jahanzaib belonging to Shakargarh who were sleeping. Another boy who rushed to the factory to inform the workers about blaze also lost his life.

The rescue officers have shifted the bodies to nearby hospital for further investigation. Moreover, the fire has been extinguished while the rescue teams are facing problems due to narrow roads.

Earlier Gadani fire incident has engulfed 26 lives. Where is the government sleeping? Pakistan has no independent industrial safety law and no timeframe for developing one.

“At present, there is no independent legislation on occupational safety and health issues in Pakistan,” Human Resource Development Minister Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi

In November last year, 45 workers were killed, and more than 100 were pulled alive from the rubble after the four-story Rajput Polyester polyethene bag factory came crashing down in the eastern city of Lahore.

In 2012, at least 255 workers were killed when a fire tore through a clothing factory in Karachi, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in Pakistani history.

When we implement the existing laws? Why factories and buildings are allowed which don’t have proper fire safety measures on board. Most of the buildings have no fire exists. It’s the mess we are facing for decades, but the government is busy saving themselves from the menace of panamagate.

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