Shoe factory collapses in Cambodia (video)

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Cambodia mapThe collapse of the ceiling of a shoe factory in Cambodia on the morning of May 16 left at least two dead and injured seven, highlighting concerns about industrial safety in the country and reminding the world of two similar disasters in April and early May in Bangladesh with a death toll of 1,200.

The incident happened in the Wing Star Shoes plant in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital Phnom Penh. Police said that the concrete ceiling appeared to be of “poor construction,” had been used to store equipment and materials, and could not hold the weight. Union officials even put the death toll at six or more. There were estimates of up to 50 people still trapped in the wreckage at the time of writing.

The collapsed factory is Taiwanese-owned and produces shoes for Japanese sports brand ASICS.

The garment industry is Cambodia’s biggest export earner, with more than $4 billion worth of products shipped to the US and Europe in 2012.

About 500,000 people work in more than 500 garment and shoe factories throughout the country. The monthly minimum wage for the hundreds of thousands of workers who make shoes and clothes in May 2013 rose from $61 to $75, plus $5 for healthcare, after months of protest.

The latest disasters have also prompted protests in the Western world, with some consumers demanding garment and shoe chains to help improve labour condition in East Asia and increase wages.

 

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The collapse of the ceiling of a shoe factory in Cambodia on the morning of May 16 left at least two dead and injured seven, highlighting concerns about industrial safety in the country and reminding the world of two similar disasters in April and early May in Bangladesh with a death toll of 1,200. The incident happened in the Wing Star Shoes plant in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital Phnom Penh. Police said that the concrete ceiling appeared to be of "poor construction," had been used to store equipment and materials, and could not hold the weight. Union...

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Cambodia mapThe collapse of the ceiling of a shoe factory in Cambodia on the morning of May 16 left at least two dead and injured seven, highlighting concerns about industrial safety in the country and reminding the world of two similar disasters in April and early May in Bangladesh with a death toll of 1,200.

The incident happened in the Wing Star Shoes plant in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital Phnom Penh. Police said that the concrete ceiling appeared to be of “poor construction,” had been used to store equipment and materials, and could not hold the weight. Union officials even put the death toll at six or more. There were estimates of up to 50 people still trapped in the wreckage at the time of writing.

The collapsed factory is Taiwanese-owned and produces shoes for Japanese sports brand ASICS.

The garment industry is Cambodia’s biggest export earner, with more than $4 billion worth of products shipped to the US and Europe in 2012.

About 500,000 people work in more than 500 garment and shoe factories throughout the country. The monthly minimum wage for the hundreds of thousands of workers who make shoes and clothes in May 2013 rose from $61 to $75, plus $5 for healthcare, after months of protest.

The latest disasters have also prompted protests in the Western world, with some consumers demanding garment and shoe chains to help improve labour condition in East Asia and increase wages.

 

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