At Least Four Injured in Factory Collapse

At least four female workers were injured after the floor of a garment factory in Takeo province collapsed at about 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, with a local health official saying the young women arrived at the hospital unconscious.

Sao Chantha, director of the Bati District Referral Hospital, confirmed that four employees of the Nishiku Enterprise factory in Putsar commune had arrived at the hospital, and that the ambulance that delivered them was headed back to the factory to pick up more potential injured workers.

Brigadier General La Lay, Takeo provincial military police commander, points to a collapsed section of floor at the Nishiku Enterprise garment factory. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Brigadier General La Lay, Takeo provincial military police commander, points to a collapsed section of floor at the Nishiku Enterprise garment factory. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“When they arrived, they were unconscious and their body was cut by pieces of the building,” Mr. Chantha said.

Chhun Sareth, chief of the provincial internal security bureau, said he had received preliminary reports that the collapse occurred due to a weak foundation built on land that become saturated with water due to heavy morning rainfall.

“The reason the building collapsed into the land is because a lot of rain fell this morning and the…foundation is not strong,” he said.

Speaking to reporters in the afternoon, Pok Vantha, director of the Ministry of Labor’s department of health, said he also suspected the collapse was the result of a weak foundation, but that officials were still investigating the incident.

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