Ministry prepares for upcoming work safety day

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The Labour Ministry on Friday sent a letter to local labour departments, unions, workers and factory owners to prepare for the upcoming World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28.

In the letter, the Labour Ministry said: “In order to promote safety and health in work places, please prepare for The World Day for Safety and Health at Work and post [safety day] banners in front of enterprises”.

It noted that the banners should contain slogans such as “Safety, Health and a Working Future” and “Safety First”.

According to a Labour Ministry report, the National Social Security Fund provided social protection to 34,808 injured workers last year.

On Saturday, Labour Minister Ith Samheng thanked the NSSF for helping injured workers. Mr Samheng said NSSF strived and worked to the best of their abilities to provide social security to workers.

“Access to social protection services allows employees to get help and compensation when they get injured,” he said.

Hoat Ratha, a 35-year-old construction worker in Phnom Penh, said he faces danger at the workplace almost every day.

“We work in tall places and we carry heavy materials. We work in the face of danger,” Mr Ratha said. “We know that working at construction sites is dangerous, but we have no choice. It is what we do to support our living. However, I have always been very careful.”

Despite ministry efforts to promote health and safety in the workplace, injuries still happen.

Last month, the ministry took action against a brick factory in Kandal province after a nine-year-old labourer lost her arm as she was operating a brick-making machine.

The ministry said those in the industry must comply with a 2007 directive banning the employment of children under 12, and that employing anyone under 18 without proper facilities is strictly prohibited.

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