By  on August 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sander Levin (D., Mich.) said Friday he will travel to Bangladesh this week for a three-day visit to assess efforts on the ground to improve fire and building safety standards in the South Asian nation’s garment industry in the wake of two apparel factory tragedies that claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people.

Levin will arrive in Dhaka on Monday and visit several apparel factories and meet with garment workers, business leaders and high-ranking government officials through Wednesday. His trip comes in the wake of a global outcry over the Tazreen Fashions fire last November that killed 112 garment workers and the Rana Plaza building collapse in April that has claimed the lives of 1,129 people and injured hundreds of others.

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