At least four workers were injured after a dilapidated building housing a textile dyeing and printing mill collapsed in Pandesara, Surat, the textile hub of India, last week.
More than 20 workers were rescued from the tragedy hit Shalu Dyeing and Printing Mill in the city.
Heavy stenter machine kept on the first floor of the mill was reportedly the reason for the collapse of the building while the damage in the oil pipeline caused fire. More than 50 workers were present in the premise at the time of the unfortunate incident.
It took firefighters more than three hours to douse the flames. Safety of the textile workers was the major concern for them.
The lack of safety, security measures and intensive labour exploitation and abuse have been frequently reported at various textile factories in India and neighbouring textile hubs.
Recently, a series of report by Asia Floor Wage Alliance accused that textile workers employed in supplier factories for global retail giants Walmart, Gap and H&M face are meted out ill treatment at their work place.
The organisation spoke to various workers associated with Walmart supplier factories across three garment manufacturing regions in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.