Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Workers hurt in Kampong Chhnang factory ceiling collapse

Workers hurt in Kampong Chhnang factory ceiling collapse

A worker receives medical treatment in Kampong Chhnang yesterday after being injured during a roof collapse. Photo supplied
A worker receives medical treatment in Kampong Chhnang yesterday after being injured during a roof collapse. Photo supplied

Workers hurt in Kampong Chhnang factory ceiling collapse

Three factory workers, one of them pregnant, received minor injuries after a section of ceiling at the M&V garment factory in Kampong Chnnang province collapsed yesterday.

Five sheets of gypsum board fell on the three as they worked in the quality control and packaging sections of the Kampong Chnnang town factory – a supplier for H&M products.

“They were packing clothes when some pieces of gypsum fell on them. They were injured on their shoulder and head, but there was no bleeding,” said Kampong Chnnang Free Trade Union leader Nuon Samol.

Samol said the boards were loose following a few days of rain and hadn’t yet been repaired even though the factory managers had been alerted to the issue.

The pregnant worker, Sim Serey Ros, said once the sheets came crashing down, there was no time for the three to get out of the way. Her co-worker, Van Srey Toch, fainted after being hit by the sheets.

Other incidents at M&V include mass faintings of 300 and 198 people in two separate incidents in 2011, and 4,000 workers going on strike in 2012 for higher wages. Factory administrator Oun Chhantak could not be reached.

William Conklin, country director for labour advocacy NGO Solidarity Center, said even though factory shells were normally provided by the landlords, it was up to management and brands to ensure worker safety.

MOST VIEWED

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a

  • Textile industry minimum wage now $200

    The official minimum wage for workers in textile-related sectors including garment, footwear, and travel goods for 2023 was pegged at $198, with Prime Minister Hun Sen stepping in to add $2 to the total, making it $200 per month. The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training made the announcement