HC rules on safety of construction workers
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule on the government to explain in four weeks why it had not formed 'Code Enforcement Authority' to ensure security of construction workers as per the National Building Construction Rules 2006.

The bench of Justice Mirza Hossein Haider and Justice Mamnun Rahman also asked the government to submit a report about the initiatives it had taken so far for safety of construction workers.

The order followed a public interest litigation filed by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, a rights group.

A total of 50 labourers were killed in different accidents in construction sector in nine months to December, 2007 and there were many more deaths, which had not been reported, the petitioner mentioned.

It referred to the recent deaths of a number of workers during the demolition of Rangs Building in Dhaka. It also mentioned that construction accidents kept rising day by day for not implementing the National Building Construction Rules, framed by the government in 2006 to ensure safety of construction workers.

Tanzib-Ul-Alam, assisted by Amatul Karim and Towfiqul Islam, moved the writ petition.

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