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Garment factories told to prioritise boiler safety

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Recent boiler explosions have injured and killed garment workers. Supplied

Garment and footwear factory representatives yesterday called on all industry players to place greater importance on workplace safety following a string of deaths and injuries related to boilers exploding in factories.

The call was made during a workshop on safety held at the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia.

Kaing Monika, deputy secretary-general of GMAC, said employers must enforce boiler safety on a regular basis, and also do the same for forklifts, generators and air compressors.

Mr Monika said the location of boilers within factories is not enforced by law but rather agreed upon between the factory owner and relevant stakeholders.

“Before we set up a factory, we always get advice from the Ministry of Industry over the construction plan and where the boiler should be placed, but there is no actual law for this,” he said.

Late last month, seven workers were injured in boiler explosions at two different factories in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.

In April, two boiler explosions in Meanchey district killed two and injured four. Six workers were injured the same month in Poipet.

In March, one garment worker died and seven were injured in an explosion at Zhen Tai garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

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