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Three injured by boiler explosion

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The factory owner was among the injured. Supplied

Three workers suffered minor injuries yesterday when a boiler exploded at a metal factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

Meanchey district police chief Teng Sino said the explosion occurred at about 1.30pm in Chak Angre Loeu commune.

He added that the company was using the boiler for work cutting and welding pieces of metal.

“Three people suffered minor injuries, including one woman,” he said. “They are now being treated at the hospital.”

He noted that his police officers were still working to identify all the victims.

“The reason for the explosion was because they were careless with their work,” he said.

According to local news, one of the three people injured was a Chinese national named Lay Chong, 70, the owner of the workshop.

In December, Labour Minister Ith Samheng asked officials to pay close attention to boiler safety at garment factories after a string of deadly explosions.

In April, two boiler explosions in Meanchey district killed two and injured four. Six workers were also injured from a boiler explosion that same month in Poipet city.

In March, one garment worker died and seven were injured in a boiler explosion at the Zhen Tai garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

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