Disaster in Bangladesh: Regulations & Consequences

The collapse of a garment-factory building last week in Bangladesh killed at least 400 people, and possibly scores more. This horrific disaster, the worst in the garment industry’s history, recalls the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which led to the establishment of many of the United States’ laws protecting workers.

The catastrophe illustrates the crucial importance of sound regulatory oversight, and raises uncomfortable questions about consumer responsibility—many of the clothes purchased in the U.S. are manufactured in Bangladesh.