A dozen garment workers were injured, including five who lost their arms, in a traffic accident yesterday in Kampong Speu province’s Odong district.
Provincial labour department director Chek Borin said the accident occurred at about 6.30am as a truck carrying 49 garment workers was taking the workers to their factory.
Mr Borin said some of the garment workers had their arms hanging outside the flat-bed truck they were standing in when a larger truck sideswiped their vehicle.
“There were 12 workers injured, eight of them were seriously injured. We sent the eight to the Calmette Hospital for treatment,” Mr Borin said. “Five workers among the eight had even more serious injuries – we had to amputate their arms, and another one was bleeding from her ear.”
He noted that his department regularly works with the National Social Security Fund, provincial police and the provincial public works and transport department to train about 1,350 garment truck drivers on road safety.
“We see that some truck drivers follow our advice, while some do not,” Mr Borin said. “That’s why traffic accidents involving workers still occur.”
According to a provincial police report, authorities are looking to arrest the driver of the larger truck who fled the scene of the accident. It noted that the trucks were travelling in opposite directions.
“The driver of the larger truck fled the scene after he caused the accident,” it said. “Police are seeking to arrest him.”
Provincial police chief Major General Sam Samuon yesterday called on all workers to not hang their hands out of a moving vehicle.
“We all have to join together to respect traffic laws,” Maj Gen Samuon said.
According to an annual report by the Labour Ministry, 1,692 traffic accidents involving garment workers occurred last year. It noted that 40 workers died and 1,854 were injured.
Last year, NSSF said 3,330 traffic accidents involving garment workers occurred in 2017, a drop when compared to 2016’s 7,592.