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Garment workers injured in traffic accident

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The garment worker transport truck after the accident yesterday. DAP News

A truck carrying 26 garment workers in Kandal province was involved in an accident yesterday in Ang Snuol district, leaving ten workers slightly injured.

The Ministry of Labour issued a statement after the crash, noting that the accident was caused by another vehicle overtaking their truck.

The statement said the other vehicle overtook the truck, leading to a third vehicle slamming into the back of the truck carrying the workers.

The statement noted that the ten injured workers were sent to a nearby private clinic and have already recovered form their injuries.

Cheav Bunrith, spokesman for the National Social Security Fund, said the crash was not major.

“All medical treatment was covered by the NSSF,” he added. “They were rushed to the clinic and have recovered.”

In May, the NSSF issued a report that showed about 20 percent of truck drivers transporting garment workers to their factories lacked licenses.

The report said that more cooperation with relevant institutes is needed to educate drivers and increase their abilities in order to decrease crashes. The report noted that there are 4,362 truck drivers for workers nationwide.

The NSSF has since signed a memorandum of understanding with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodian to train drivers and educate them about road safety.

According to an annual NSSF report, there was a 56 percent decrease in traffic accidents involving garment workers in 2017 compared to 2016.

There were 3,330 traffic accidents in 2017, compared to 7,592 cases in 2016, the report said.

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