The outrage over Savar has reached such a fever pitch that the government not only arrested Rana and the owners of the factories in the building, but it also said it will form a committee to raise the minimum wage of garment workers.
On Monday, the government went a step further. Bangladesh's Cabinet approved the draft of a law that will force factories to offer life insurance for workers.
Internationally, several clothiers signed on to a plan to help prevent fire and building collapses in Bangladesh. Among the clothiers are H&M and Inditex -- which owns the Spanish brand Zara -- and PVH, which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.
The five-year plan calls for independent safety inspections and for companies to publicly report the findings. It also requires retailers to help finance fire safety and building improvements in factories with which they work.
Companies who sign on will have to terminate business with any factory that refuses to make necessary safety upgrades.
PVH is the only American company to sign on. A Wal-Mart spokesman said the world's largest retailer had nothing to announce right now. And Sears said it "assessing" the agreement.
"This is a crucial victory in the fight for companies to take responsibility for the workers who make our clothes," said Ruth Tanner with the charity War on Want.
"A tragedy like the Rana Plaza disaster cannot happen again."
But for many garment workers, it was a case of too little, too late.
In Ashuriya, a Dhaka suburb close to Savar, the garment trade group on Monday night shut down 100 factories indefinitely. Workers there had refused to work, citing safety fears.
"For the last 14 days, workers came to work, clocked in, walked out," said Shahidullah Azim, vice president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
"We decided, 'No work, no pay.'"
The last survivor
Rana Plaza housed five garment factories, several shops and a bank.
The collapse occurred April 24, a day after cracks appeared in the structure. The bank ordered its employees not to report for work, and the shops were closed because of a strike.
But garment workers were told to come in despite their concerns that the building's structure was not sound.
The first few days after the collapse, rescue workers were buoyed by hope as many survivors emerged from the rubble.
But then, for days, nothing.
On Friday, their spirits got a boost when Reshma, 19, was pulled out alive after 17 harrowing days.
"I did not have any food to eat. I had four biscuits and some water in 17 days," she told reporters Monday as she recuperated at a military hospital.
"The people who were with me under the rubble died. I heard people screaming. 'Save me, save me,' they screamed. But I couldn't find them. I tried."
For 20 days, so did the rescuers above ground.
But come Tuesday morning, they will wipe the deaths off the dry erase board.
It's time for a clean start.