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Friday, 30 April 2010

ILO: 1,500 Cambodian workers died every year from accident

Cambodian workers working in unsafe environment to construct a highrise building in Phnom Penh.

By Khmerization
Source: RFI

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that about 1,500 Cambodian workers died every year from accidents at works, reports Radio France Internatinale.

In a report released on Thursday 29th, ILO said that this means that 4 Cambodian workers died everyday, a statistic which was echoed by government officials and civil society.

Mr. Leng Tong, director of the Labour Department, said in 2009 there were 3000 workers were seriously injured from works.

Mr. Ath Thon, president of the Cambodian Textile, Tourism and Construction Workers Union, said the high number of accidents in the workplaces resulted from the neglect of safety by employers and by the government. He said, in the construction sectors which is a fast-growing sectors, the companies did not put in place safety measures to protect workers and that many workers who had died and permanently disabled have not been sufficiently compensated.

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