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Garment workers injured in truck accident

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Unions say factory workers face the risk of accidents every day. Supplied

Almost 20 garment workers were injured on Monday night after the truck taking them home from work collided with a truck carrying pigs in Kampong Speu province.  
The accident happened at about 7:15pm on National Road 3 in Kong Pisei district. The victims, from the Papillion Textile Company in Phnom Penh, were sent to hospital for treatment.
A Labor Ministry statement said 16 workers were injured, three seriously.
“The local authorities, police and officials from the National Social Security Fund [NSSF] sent them to a private hospital clinic. Those who were seriously hurt were sent to the Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh,” the statement said.
The spot where the accident happened was on the border between Kampong Speu and Takeo province.
Chhorn Treoun, the deputy police chief in Takeo province’s Bati district, said yesterday he attended the scene of the accident to help the workers.
“It seemed as if the driver of the garment factory truck was not paying attention. He overtook another vehicle that was parking, but didn’t notice the truck of pigs coming in the opposite direction, which crashed into the front of the workers’ truck,” he said.
Mr. Treoun said both trucks involved were taken to his police station after the crash.
Pav Sina, the president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said factory workers face traffic accidents on an almost daily basis.
“It is a problem that all relevant institutions should pay more attention to,” said Mr. Sina. “I congratulate the NSSF for arranging medical care for these workers, but the Labor Ministry and Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia should be doing more to prevent this kind of thing.”
Mr. Sina said road accidents on the way to and from work risk demoralizing employees and damaging productivity.
An NSFF report found garment workers were involved in 5,609 traffic accidents in 2016. A total of 103 workers died and 7,446 were injured, 970 seriously.

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