Improving construction sector safety

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The construction workers in Cambodia. KT Mai Vireak

Labour Ministry officials met with members of Japan’s parliament and the International Labour Organisation to discuss a project aimed at improving safety standards in the construction sector on Thursday.

The first phase of the project was launched in 2014 and ended in 2017, and focused on the general labour sector.

The second phase is set to solely focus on the safety of construction workers in Cambodia’s growing construction industry.

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“The Japanese agreed to commence the second phase of the health project aiming to increase work safety within the construction sector over the next three years,” said Leng Tong, director of the ministry’s health and safety department.

“We are going to push for more laws regulating safety,” Mr Tong said. “We are also planning to host more on-site training for construction workers and their employers.”

He said that the ministry has in recent years carried out on-site health and safety training for construction workers.

“We have trained construction workers in several cities and provinces such as Phnom Penh, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Svay Rieng and Kampong Cham,” he said, noted that the ministry oftens has difficulty getting cooperation from employers.

Full story in Monday’s paper

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