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Document ID (ISN)67383
CIS number 96-1450
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Title From the ashes: A toy factory fire in Thailand
Original title Renaître de ses cendres: l'incendie d'une usine de jouets en Thaïlande [in French]
Renacer de las cenizas: el incendio de una fábrica de juguetes en Thailandia [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), blvd. Emile Jacqmain 155 b1, 1210 Bruxelles, Belgium, [1995]. 43p. Illus.
Abstract A fire destroyed the Kader soft toy factory in Nakhon Pathom province (Thailand) on 10 May 1993. A total of 188 workers died and 469 were injured. Contents of this document: detailed description of the tragedy; setting up of a working group (of representatives of trade unions, universities and non-governmental organizations) with the aim of examining the reasons for the fire and of ways to help its victims and their families; compensation of victims and their families; survey of fires and other industrial accidents in Thailand; role of the Thai government in enforcing safety legislation; safety in the toy industry in Southeast Asia in general (Hong Kong, Taiwan, China); survey of the international toy industry; contracting to "sweatshops" (child and women workers). In annex: safety codes pertaining to the fire site; case study of a past fire in a US factory (Triangle Shirtwaist Co., New York, 25 Mar. 1911); example of a code of practice adopted by a transnational company (Levi Strauss & Co.); relevant resolutions of the ICFTU.
Descriptors (primary) Thailand; toy industry; accident descriptions; fire hazards
Descriptors (secondary) China; Hong Kong; children; Taiwan (China); developing countries; women; role of government; role of workers' organizations; case study
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Fires