Just one day after the collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh, reports are surfacing that the owner of the factory where cracks had started appearing ordered the workers back in before it fell to ruins.
According to the Los Angeles Times, which cites a labor rights group, the building's owner and several factory managers assured the workers that it was safe to re-enter the building, despite cracks that were appearing in the structure. The workers reportedly made their way back in barely an hour before the eight-story building collapsed, killing an estimated 244 garment workers.
The building, located on the outskirts of the capitol of Dhaka, housed five garment factories employing about 2,500 workers, a bank and some 300 shops.
After cracks appeared in the building Tuesday, many of the workers had expressed concern about its safety.
The nation's high court ordered the owners of the building and of the factories to appear in court on April 30, CNN affiliate Boishakhi Television said.
The Bangladesh building collapse is the latest incident to strike the South Asian country's garment industry which employs more than 4 million people -- most of them women -- and regularly comes under scrutiny for its shoddy safety standards.