By  on December 17, 2013

MILAN — The regional council of Tuscany, led by president Enrico Rossi, said it has discussed measures to avoid future tragedies in the wake of a Dec. 1 blaze that killed seven Chinese workers at an illegal garment factory in Prato.

The council outlined plans to increase safety inspections in the area, with specific budget proposals and strategies to be presented no later than Jan. 15, and also to grant illegal resident workers who are victims of abusive working conditions special six-month residence permits, which could be renewed up to a year. The council reasoned this would help such workers to extract themselves from dangerous working conditions and seek assistance from the authorities.

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