Bangladesh has shut down 18 garment plants in an attempt to prevent a repeat of last month's factory collapse outside Dhaka, where the death toll passed 800 Wednesday, with rescuers pulling dozens more bodies from the rubble.
Bangladeshi garment workers, employed in the building which collapsed a fortnight ago killing hundreds, wait in line to claim their salaries in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka on May 8, 2013. Bangladesh has shut down 18 garment plants for safety reasons after a building housing five of the factories collapsed and killed more than 800 people, a minister said Wednesday.
The announcement of the closures came days after Bangladesh agreed with the International Labour Organisation to give safety "the highest consideration" amid government fears that Western garment firms might start sourcing goods from other countries.
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