The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut business relations with Chittagong-based garment supplier Sadaf Fashions after it refused to implement workplace safety measures. 

After a structural integrity inspection on 19 April 2014, which found "serious" violations at the facility, the Accord says it imposed immediate corrective action, including requirements to reduce load, remove a wall, empty an area of all load and dismantle a cantilever slab. 

However, a follow-up inspection by the Accord found these requirements had not been carried out. In addition, a requirement to complete a Detailed Engineering Assessment, as well as demands related to fire exit and other fire safety measures, were not met. 

The Accord says that despite numerous efforts by its staff and signatories, the factory owner refused to cooperate on health and safety issues at the factory, or to comply with an order to evacuate the building until all structural defects are assessed and repaired. 

A notice and warning process was implemented in accordance with Article 21 of the Accord. 

"Despite this notice and warning process, progress has not been achieved," the Accord notes, adding that it has "required the signatory companies using this factory to terminate their business relationship with this supplier and all factories it operates".

More than 220 companies have now signed the Accord following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013, with Verburgt Fashion BV being the most recent addition. 

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 

Last week, it was revealed that around 2,185 factories have been inspected by the Accord and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. In addition 1,475 factories have been inspected through government efforts supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with the backing of Canada, the Netherlands and the UK.