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Garment worker dies in crash, dozens injured

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The crash happened on National Road 4. Union News

One garment worker died during a traffic accident involving two factory transportation trucks in Preah Sihanouk province on Friday, while 16 more were injured.

A Labour Ministry statement said that a truck transporting garment workers collided with another truck carrying garment workers, leaving one dead and 16 injured in Sihanoukville. Both truck drivers fled the scene.

The victim was identified as Ra Ravy, 25, who lived in Prey Nop district’s Toek Lork commune.

The statement said that the collision occurred in Prey Nob disctrict’s Ou Oknha Heng commune, along National Road 4.

National Social Security Fund spokesman Cheav Bunrith said that the injured garment workers are recovering and that social security will cover medical fees and the funeral.

“All fees related to treatment and the funeral, the NSSF will manage it,” Mr Bunrith said.

In May, the NSSF found that about 20 percent of truck drivers transporting garment workers did not have a driver’s license.

The NSSF requested cooperation from relevant institutions to educate truck drivers in an effort to decrease traffic accidents involving garment workers.

Garment workers recover from the crash. Union News

Earlier this year, the Labour Ministry announced its own plans to launch a national policy to cut the number of traffic-related deaths by encouraging employers and drivers to make road safety a priority.

According to an NSSF report published last year, there were 1,691 cases of traffic accidents involving garment workers in 2017, causing 33 deaths. In a separate incident involving garment workers, 42 employees of the Siglo Company fainted on Saturday in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon city.

Mr Bunrith said that a few workers began to faint, instilling fear in other employees in the garment factory. He added that workers have recovered and will resume work on Monday.

An NSSF report published earlier this year said that the rate of fainting has increased by 38 percent in 2017 when compared to 2016. In 2017 alone, more than 1,600 workers fainted, the report said.

Last month, more than 100 workers at a bag factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district fainted.

In March, the Labour Ministry created a working group to investigate causes of fainting in factories in an attempt to reduce episodes.

“The working group must go to enterprises and check the infirmary, investigate why fainting happens, research the general situation, prepare a report on its findings, and cooperate with relevant institutes, employers and labour organisations to improve our understanding about fainting,” Labour Minister Ith Samheng said at the time.

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