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Ban on living inside buildings under construction

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Land management minister Chea Sophara has banned construction workers from using the construction sites they are hired to work on as their temporary shelters in order to prevent risk of fatality.

During a meeting with representatives of construction companies, contactors, and workers on Thursday evening, Mr Sophara said construction companies and contractors must make necessary arrangements for their workers to sleep off the site of their work.

“There will be no shelters for workers in the under-construction building. This will not be allowed to happen anymore,” he said. “No one is allowed to live inside a building under construction.”

Mr Sophara also reminded construction firms and contractors to abide by the regulation on construction, technical standard and professional ethics.

He said local authorities must also strictly implement laws and regulations relating to construction projects and take necessary step to prevent all illegal construction projects from going ahead.

Mr Sophara’s remark came in the wake of the building collapse in Sihanouville on June 22, killing 28 people and leaving 26 others wounded. The seven-story building that was still under construction come crushing down on Cambodian workers who were still sleeping on some of its floors.

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