Garment worker crash deaths fall

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Most accidents were caused by speeding, drunk driving and overtaking. KT/Mai Vireak

More than 100 garment workers died in traffic accidents last year, a 21 percent drop on 2015, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) reported yesterday.
 
The NSSF said garment workers were involved in 5,609 traffic accidents in 2016.
 
Of these cases, 103 workers died and 7,446 were injured, 970 seriously.
 
The report said that compared with the same period in 2015, traffic accidents decreased by 882 or 14 percent, but the total number of victims increased by 89 workers or one percent.
 
It said the number killed fell by 27 or 21 percent. Those seriously injured decreased by 98 or nine percent, but light injuries rose by 214 or three percent.
 
Cheav Bunrith, director of the policy division and a spokesman for NSSF, said yesterday at a meeting reviewing the 2016 results that the factors causing traffic accidents were speeding, drunk driving, overtaking and not giving way when driving.
 
He said there were 2,616 cases, or 47 percent, caused by trucks carrying workers. The other 2,993 accidents involved other vehicles.
 
NSSF director Ouk Samvithya yesterday urged employers to manage truck drivers and create a box for workers to submit recommendations to correct drivers’ behavior.
 
“Also, I want to appeal to the workers and truck drivers to respect and implement the road traffic law in all situations while traveling and be good citizens,” he said.
 
“They must not drive over the speed limit, while drunk or when they are sleepy.”
 
Mr. Samvithya said they have to wear helmets, wear seatbelts, drive on the right side, check vehicles technically and be careful at all times while driving.
 
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said he still worried about traffic accidents even though the number killed fell last year.

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