A report published by the National Social Security Fund yesterday said that traffic accidents involving garment workers have declined in the first quarter of this year when compared to the same period as last year.
The NSSF published the report saying that there have been 524 cases of traffic accidents in 2018, a 46 percent drop.
The report said that 563 people were injured in 2018, a 60 percent decline, while 10 people died, a 57 percent decline.
NSSF spokesman Cheav Bunrith attributed the decline to an increase of Traffic Law awareness via educational programmes.
“For the first four months of 2018, NSSF officials held traffic road education events 216 times at factories,” he said. “About 46,000 workers came to listen and we provided events to drivers 82 times.”
Far Saly, president of the National Trade Unions Coalition, said that traffic accidents occur when the driver is careless. He said that the driver is the main factor in accidents and must be educated thoroughly to obey road rules.
“To reduce traffic accidents, we must educate truck drivers,” he said. “The factory and government officials must educate the drivers working for factories.”
Last week, NSSF found that about 20 percent of garment factory truck drivers did not have a license. NSSF officials said that relevant institutions must cooperate in order to educate and strengthen the drivers’ ability to prevent traffic accidents.
A Memorandum of Understanding with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia has been signed to increase cooperation in training and the implementation of road safety rules to minimize the number of traffic accidents garment workers face in Cambodia.
In March, one garment worker died and nearly 50 others were injured when the truck ferrying them to work hit a wheel that had detached from a dump truck in Kampong Speu province. The accident took place in Kampong Speu province’s Oudong district along National Road 51, according to the Labour Ministry.
The ministry said that 60 workers were in the truck, and that one worker died and 46 others suffered injuries when it overturned. Of the 46 injured, six were seriously injured.