Construction Worker Falls to Death At Phnom Penh Job Site

A 20-year-old construction worker died Tuesday in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district when his safety harness ripped and he plummeted seven stories to the ground, officials said.

Huon Pet, from Takeo province, had been building wooden molds for concrete pillars when he lost his balance and fell off the under-construction apartment building, according to deputy district police chief Oeng My.

“His safety belt broke and that’s why he fell down,” he said. “His neck was broken and blood was coming out of his head and nose. He died instantly.”

Mr. My said the owner of the building, whose identity was unknown, had hired a group of temporary laborers to work at the construction site.

Bin Sochhy, deputy director of the municipal department of land management, urban planning and construction, said his department had never issued a construction permit for the building.

“Now the authorities have decided to suspend the construction until the owner finishes filing paperwork and resolves this case,” he said. “The owner of the building has to be responsible for this and face legal action also.”

No Safety Nets

Keo Seang, 29, who has worked at the construction site for the past nine months, said he was on the ground floor when the accident happened.

“I’m worried about my own safety now,” he said, noting that the site did not have safety nets or railings to prevent workers from falling off the building.

Mr. Seang said Huon Pet had been employed at the site for less than three months.

In a separate incident, a 31-year-old construction worker died in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet City last week when the wall of a factory he was working on collapsed during a storm, according to the city’s police chief, Keo Kong.

The victim, Yim Yong, was killed instantly, while three other workers were injured.

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