About 40 brands signed up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety after 1129 factory workers died when the Dhaka Savar building, a factory owned by K-mart collapsed in April 2013. Factory workers in Bangladesh refused to work in the buildings. Since 2005 almost 2,000 people have lost their lives in factory fires and building collapses in Bangladesh. Very low labour prices and, critics say, shortcuts on safety, make the country of 160 million the inexpensive place to make large amounts of clothing. The country’s clothing industry employs four million people and produces 80% of Bangladesh’s export wages. Britain announced 18 million pounds for worker safety and training in Bangladesh on Wednesday, two days after Norway said it would donate $2.6 million.