Twenty-three garment workers and three motorbike passengers were injured in a traffic accident in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town yesterday when the truck carrying the workers crashed into a motorbike.
Pol Somao, traffic police chief of Bavet town, said the driver of the factory truck crashed into the motorbike, seriously injuring its three passengers and inflicting minor injuries on the 23 garment workers.
“The three passengers on the motorbike were injured more than the workers on the truck,” he said, adding that all were recovering in hospital.
Mr Somao noted that the truck driver, who escaped after the crash, was at fault for the accident. He identified the driver as Cab Vuthy, 36, who he said was now wanted by police.
The National Social Security Fund posted on it Facebook page after the accident and said that it would be covering all treatment costs for the injured workers.
According to an NSSF report, there were 1,691 traffic accidents involving garment workers in 2017, leading to 33 deaths and 2,193 injuries. In 2016, 90 workers were killed and 6,328 were injured.
Last month, the Ministry of Labour announced a plan to launch a national policy to cut the number of traffic accidents involving garment workers by encouraging employers and drivers to prioritise road safety.
The policy aims to improve roads and infrastructure, increase vehicle safety, boost management oversight of the issue, and change garment worker behaviour.