This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work event, themed “Safetyand Health and the Future of Work”, was held on May 3 at Neang Kok Special Economic Zone in Koh Kong Province.
Speaking to around 14,000 workers and employers there, Labour Minister Ith Samheng made know that nearly three million workers are killed or injured every year due to accidents and occupational illnesses world-wide.
He noted that workloads, the complexity of tasks, and non-communicable diseases have increased markedly in all parts of the world. “This affects the global economy and demands more effective measures on global work safety.”
The minister cited the National Social Security Fund report for Cambodia, which showed an 18.25 percent decrease in work accidents, fatalities, and high-risk compensation.
He urged all workers to drink lots of water in the hot weather period (at present) and asked company directors to keep a watchful eye on their workers’ safety and health.
“All brothers and sisters, please take care of yourselves. Drink much water in order to reduce your body heat, because the temperature s are very high. We all should be cautious. If we get sick it would cost a lot, so the company directors have to monitor the work environment to have enough air circulation and drinking water for the workers.”
He added that, thus far, fainting and traffic accident figures are decreasing from the 2018 level: 1,825 workers passed out and 1,710 accidents resulted in 42 deaths and 1,863 injuries.