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One hurt in factory blast

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Officials are investigating what caused the factory boiler to explode. Supplied

Authorities are investigating a boiler explosion which injured one person yesterday at the Bright Sky factory in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.

District police chief Yem Saran said he ordered officials to go to the factory, but the owner did not cooperate with them.

Mr Saran said he had asked the municipal police chief to seek compliance through legal procedures.

Factory security officials refused to allow a Khmer Times reporter to visit the premises.

According to the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, the injuries to the victim were minor and there was some damage to property. The name of the injured worker was not known.

“The boiler in question had been inspected and approved by the relevant authorities,” GMAC said. “The factory is in full compliance with all legal and safety requirements.”

GMAC said it was unfortunate the incident  happened despite full compliance with the law and utmost care by the factory management.

“The real cause is still under investigation by the authorities as well as the insurance company. Looking at this incident, GMAC would like to appeal to all members to take extra care and precautions over boiler safety management.”

GMAC said it is committed to working more closely with stakeholders to bring about safer working conditions in its member factories.

Late in March, one garment worker died and seven were injured when a hot water kiln exploded as they had lunch at the Zhen Tai garment factory in Sen Sok district.

And in April two explosions in Meanchey district killed two people and injured four.

Six workers were injured the same month when a gas-fuelled steamer exploded at the Sc Wado electronics component factory in Poipet.

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