The Collapse Of The Plaza

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Catastrophes and disasters occur frequently and indiscriminately. From acts of terror to acts of god, our species has witnessed immense loss of life with plenty of opportunity to prevent it. None is truer than the disaster of the Savar building (Rana Plaza) collapse in April 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh which resulted in the death toll upward of 1,053. At Rana plaza, corporate greed, corrupt government, and exploitation of the poor combined to allow for the deadliest garment factory massacre in history. The collapse of the plaza can be analyzed from two points of views. One is structurally, or as a physical failure, which was caused by poor foundation, pitiable construction, and excess weight on the building. Another analysis is ethically or how engineers, workers, and the government could have prevented this crisis. Overall the failure of Rana Plaza can be summed in two words: ignorance and greed. Rana plaza was opened in August 2009 as a two story building and by 2011 construction of an additional six stories—with illegal permits (Manik et. al, 2013)—were completed. The bottom two floors were shops, banks, and other commercial properties while the top six functioned as garment factories, each licensed by a different corporation. Rana Plaza’s top six floors lacked ventilation or air conditioning systems and had dim lighting, which is unfortunately the standard in garment factories. In addition, four diesel generators were located on the roof “as a means of emergency power”.
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