Fourteen garment workers were injured when the steering and transmission of their truck failed and the vehicle smashed into a pagoda gate, the Labour Ministry said yesterday.
The accident happened at Svay Tayan pagoda in Kampong Ror district in Svay Rieng province on Tuesday.
The ministry said the driver lost control of the truck while bringing the workers home.
“The accident caused 14 workers to be injured, one seriously,” the ministry said.
“They were quickly helped and sent to health centres by authorities and National Social Security Fund officials.”
The ministry said the 13 who suffered minor injuries are continuing to receive treatment at Chi Pou referral hospital, while the worker who was seriously injured remains at the provincial hospital.
The ministry said the NSSF is reviewing the case and determining what compensation may be paid to the victims.
Injuries to garment workers travelling in the back of flatbed trucks are commonplace and the National Road Safety Committee has been working with the NSSF to educate more than 8,000 truck drivers across the country to improve safety.
According to the NRSC, more than 100 educational visits have been made to 115 factories in 10 provinces so far this year.