Khmer Times/Mom Kunthear Friday, 17 February 2017 768 views

Accident injures 15 garment workers

Fifteen garment workers from various factories in the 7 NG Special Economic Zone in Kandal province were injured in a traffic accident on Wednesday, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) reported.
 

Two of the workers were seriously hurt when the truck they were riding on rear-ended a bus in Ksach Kandal district, causing the workers’ heads to hit the overhead bars they hang onto to maintain their balance, the report stated.
 

“All injured workers were assisted and sent immediately to the hospital. Most were feeling well enough to go home,” it said.
 

The NSSF was responsible for paying for the workers’ transport and treatment, the report added.
 

Late last month, 25 garment workers were injured in an accident in Kampong Speu province due to alleged driver carelessness.
 

In 2016, garment workers were involved in 5,609 traffic accidents that resulted in 103 deaths and 7,446 injuries, 970 of which were serious.
 

The Minister of Labor announced late last month that it was considering constructing a railway line connecting Phnom Penh and select provinces to special economic zones or industrial areas in response to the high number of road accidents involving commuting workers.

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