By  on April 23, 2014

DHAKA, Bangladesh — In the tastefully lit conference room, half a dozen men sheaf urgently through files of paper and rolls of drawings. They are distinguished from the factory management by the visitor passes around their necks; conversations between the two sides are earnest and rapid as more files are opened and checked.

A factory inspection is under way Tuesday morning in Konabari, in the Gazipur suburb of Dhaka, by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. The team of inspectors encompasses specialists in structure, electrical systems and fire safety. In addition, alliance team members including managing director Mesbah Rabin and its adviser on fire protection and life safety Randolph W. Tucker, associate principal of CCRD Engineering Services, are at the site, which is owned by Bangladeshi manufacturer Global Merchants Ltd.

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