Labour Minister Ith Samheng has asked his officials to pay close attention to boiler safety at garment factories in the wake of a string of deadly explosions.
Speaking yesterday at the launch of Fundamental Training on Boiler Safety, Mr Samheng said the three-day training course is aimed at preventing future accidents.
“This training is to educate our country to solve the issue of boiler explosions in factories,” he said. “We need to stop the accidents from happening again.”
In October, seven workers were injured in boiler explosions at two different factories in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.
In April, two boiler explosions in Meanchey district killed two and injured four. Six workers were injured the same month in Poipet.
In March, one garment worker died and seven were injured in an explosion at Zhen Tai garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.
“The boiler system is part of the production chain in garment factories and other industries, but it can cause serious accidents or death if it is not used properly or not properly maintained,” Mr Samheng added.
Kaing Monika, deputy secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, said the association has been working closely with ministries to increase risk prevention and improve boiler management.
“The association, Labour Ministry and Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts have been working together on this,” he said. “Today, the Labour Ministry is launching this three-day training course, which will get input from foreign experts and increase the capacity of our local experts.”
“We all have to join together to prevent accidents,” he added. “We cannot avoid using the boilers, so we need to make sure they are used correctly.”Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower is also participating in the three-day training course.