Surviving workers of Rana Plaza factory collapse


On April 24, 2013, a building called “Rana Plaza” that housed several garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh. Around 1134 people died and more than 2500 sustained serious injuries. This study evaluates the change in income and occupation of the Rana Plaza survivors as well as their level of community participation and quality of life two years after the incident. It also aimed to gain insight into these survivors’ success or failure in economic reintegration.


A cross-sectional survey collected data from the injured garment workers using a convenience sampling method.

The Short Form 36 Items Questionnaire measured their quality of life, and the Participation Scale measured their community participation restriction level. Poor economic reintegration was defined as when a survivor was not working or had an income less than 3000 Taka [US$36]/month.


Data were collected from 338 Rana Plaza survivors all of who were previously garment workers. Their income decreased substantially after the disaster. The majority were now engaged in earning a livelihood from retail shop management and animal husbandry. A total of 124 survivors (36.6%) were found to be poorly economically reintegrated.
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