CAMBODIA: Two workers killed in shoe factory collapse
Two workers have died after a Cambodian factory that manufacturers footwear for Japanese sporting goods firm Asics collapsed earlier today (16 May).
Three people broke bones and eight people were injured at the Wingstar factory in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh, when a walkway bridge between two buildings collapsed, a spokesperson for Asics told just-style.
"We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of this terrible accident at a factory that manufactures Asics shoes. We want to pass on our deepest condolences to everyone involved," the company said in a statement.
"Safety is of paramount importance for Asics. While the factory is not operated by Asics, we will be offering support to those affected and have launched our own full investigation into the cause of the incident."
The factory collapse is the latest tragedy to hit the apparel and footwear industry. More than 1,100 workers were killed last month when the Rana Plaza factory building outside Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed. And a fire earlier in May at the Tung Hai Sweater company, based in the Mirpur region near Dahka, killed eight people.
As part of efforts to improve safety in garment factories, 33 apparel brands and retailers have joined the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, while a coalition of North American retailers has set up the Safer Factories Initiative.
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