Eight garment workers were injured in a traffic accident yesterday morning in Kampong Speu province’s Samrong Tong district.
Colonel Sin Sovanthy, provincial traffic police chief with Kampong Speu, said a truck carrying 46 workers to work crashed into a statue outside of a pagoda in Samroang Tong district’s Taing Krasaing village.
“The accident occurred because an old couple riding a motorbike in front of the truck suddenly turned into the pagoda, causing the truck driver to try to avoid hitting them and crashing,” he said. “Eight workers were injured, and also the truck driver.”
Col Sovanthy said the man riding the motorbike in front of the truck also sustained serious injuries.
“We will summon those involved in the accident for questioning,” he added. “Right now, they are in hospital.”
The National Social Security Fund said yesterday that six of the eight injured workers suffered serious injuries.
“All victims were helped by local authorities and NSSF officials who sent them to hospital,” the NSSF said in a statement. “The two workers with light injuries were already discharged.”
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.
Meanwhile, NSSF director Ouk Samvithya has appealed to all workers and truck drivers to be careful on the roads over the Pchum Ben holiday.
“In order to prevent and reduce traffic accidents, all truck drivers for workers and also the workers themselves have to wear helmets and belts,” he added.
Mr Samvithya also asked driver not to speed and to not drive while drunk or sleepy.
An annual NSSF report this year said that in 2017 there was a decrease in traffic accidents involving workers compared to 2016.
There were 3,330 traffic accidents in 2017, while there were 7,592 cases in 2016, the report said.
It added that traffic accidents last year caused 68 deaths and thousands of injuries.