The construction of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu province’s Kong Pisei district has been suspended after local authorities ruled it has not been following technical standards.
Officials in the Kingdom are scrambling to inspect completed and under-construction buildings to avoid collapses similar to what happened in Kep earlier this month.
The Kep building collapse caused the deaths of 36 people, including construction workers and their families, and left 23 others injured.
Kampong Speu Provincial Governor Vei Samnang yesterday said the decision to suspend the construction of the factory was decided Monday after officials visited the site.
Mr Samnang said construction has not followed technical standards.
“Before construction began, the building owner asked for permission from the Land Management Ministry and relevant institutions, but once construction started, he did not follow…some steel bars were rusty and the roof was built without following technical standards,” he said. “Therefore, we have decided to suspend construction…we are afraid it might collapse just like the building in Kep province did recently.”
Mr Samnang said the factory belongs to Tang Jun, a Chinese national renting land from Canatra Company. He noted the factory also began producing shoes with about 100 workers one or two months ago, despite previous warnings.
Mr Samnang said he told local authorities to inspect all buildings under construction and prevent illegal projects from continuing.
He said all building owners in the province must cooperate with the authorities when they come and inspect buildings to avoid accidents.
Mr Tang and Tab Malai, head of the provincial land management department, could not be reached for comment.
The Kingdom has been faced by collapsing buildings under construction over the past one year.
In June, a Chinese-owned building under construction in Sihanoukville collapsed, killing 28 people and injuring 26 others.
The Building and Wood Workers Trade Union Federation of Cambodia and the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights previously called on the government to take serious action against those who failed to adhere to rules and regulations.