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Factory explosion: Three probe committees formed

  • Published at 08:53 pm September 10th, 2016
  • Last updated at 09:40 pm September 10th, 2016
Factory explosion: Three probe committees formed
The committees were formed by Gazipur District Administration, Fire Service and Civil Defence, and Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments. The Gazipur district administration committee, led by additional district magistrate Rahenul Islam was asked to submit the probe report within the next 15 working days. The Fire Service has made its deputy director M Badiuzzaman as the head of the committee, which was asked to submit probe report by next 10 working days. Meanwhile, another probe committee, led by Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments Additional Inspector General Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan has formed another three member probe committee. The fire erupted at Tampaco Foils Ltd (TFL) a flexible and tobacco packaging company making local packaging for consumer goods. Chairman of TFL Dr Syed Mokbul Hussain said over the phone: “My experts and I are assuming that the fire erupted due to the fluctuating gas supply in the factory.” When asked if a technical failure in the machinery might have caused the fire, he said: “We regularly repair our machines and the older ones are replaced promptly.” He also said his factory did not violate any building codes. “No one was injured or killed when the building collapsed. The accident was due to gas explosion that led to the fire so the rumors of the building code violation is not true.” He stressed on the fact that the factory had adequate safety measure: “There was adequate safety measures and fire safety equipments in the factory but when fire erupts then the safety consideration were not considered by the workers.” The chairman also a former lawmaker from Sylhet-6 constituency said he visited the factory when he heard about the fire around 9:30am. He said:“There are usually 80-90 workers working in a shift. I think the same number of people were there during the accident.” He said that the factory employees around 475 people. Lechu Miah claimed that around the approximate loss is 600-700 crore taka but denied to say the turnover of the company. TLF produces packaging for companies such as British American Tobacco Bangladesh Ltd, Nestle Bangladesh Ltd, Abul Khair Group, Akij Group, Pran Group, Ispahani Cocola Food Products Ltd, BD Foods Ltd, Essential Drugs Company Ltd, Meridian Foods Ltd, Fu-wang Foods Ltd, Universal Foods Ltd, Abdul Monem Ltd, Bangla-German Latex Co. Ltd, Shah Dairy Foods Ltd, Molla Salt (Triple Refined) Ind. Ltd, Vitalac Dairy & Food Industries Ltd, Prince Foods Ltd, Haque Biscuits & Bread Factory Ltd, Janata Biscuits & Bread Factory Ltd, A.T.N Food & Consumer Products Ltd, Prome Consumers Products Pvt. Ltd, Al-Kad Laboratories Ltd, Nutrion Foods Ltd, Nur Foods Ltd, Globe Biscuits & Dairy Milk Ltd, Nabisco Biscuit & Bread Factory Ltd, Siddique Food & Agrobase Industries Ltd, Aftab Foods Ltd, The Lalmai Ltd, Al-Amin Sweets & Crackers Ltd.