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Collective Union of Movement of Workers

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សម្ព័ន្ធសហជីពចលនាកម្មករ

Collective Union of Movement of Workers

22/04/2024

Transportation Safety for Garment Workers

Phnom Penh: The transportation of garment workers is a crucial aspect of the garment industry, but it comes with significant risks such as traffic accidents, overcrowding, and poor road conditions, leading to injuries and fatalities. To address these dangers effectively, implementing safety measures and risk mitigation strategies is essential.

Challenges Faced by Garment Workers

In 2020, there were 2,206 traffic incidents involving garment and footwear workers, resulting in 30 fatalities and 467 serious injuries. These alarming statistics underscore the pressing need for improved transportation for garment workers. Factors contributing to these risks include overcrowded trucks, substandard road conditions, and the use of inadequate vehicles, like open-air trucks.

Addressing the Risks

Many garment workers, often earning low wages, opt for unsafe transportation due to cost constraints, further increasing the likelihood of accidents. To combat these risks, it is imperative to provide training on safe driving practices, maintain vehicles properly, and enhance road conditions. Ensuring fair wages for workers can enable them to choose safer transport options.

Safety Measures and Strategies

Employers play a pivotal role in ensuring worker safety by conducting safety audits, supplying necessary equipment, and fostering a culture of hazard reporting. Workers should prioritize their safety by using protective gear like helmets and promptly reporting unsafe conditions. Collaboration among employers, workers, and government entities is vital to establishing a secure work environment.

By collectively implementing safety measures and promoting a safety-conscious culture, the risks associated with transporting garment workers can be significantly reduced. This proactive approach not only enhances worker safety but also contributes to a more secure and productive work environment in the garment industry.

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