ILO’s statement on the death of Cambodian workers in a road accident

The ILO extends its deepest sympathy to the families and dependants of workers killed and injured.

Press release | Bangkok, Thailand | 20 May 2015
The ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao People's Democratic Republic heard with great sadness of the death of 19 workers and severe injury of over 20 workers in a road accident in Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province on May 19. The victims were commuting to their places of work, mainly in garment factories and construction sites, when their commuter van was in collision with a bus. The ILO extends its deepest sympathy to the families and dependants of those killed and injured, knowing that, for many, the pain of their loss will be made worse by the uncertainty that will come from the loss of household income earned by a loved-one.

This loss of life is yet another reminder of the risks that thousands of workers face every day in simply making their journey to work. According to a report by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training National Social Security Fund, in 2014, 73 workers died and 789 were seriously injured while commuting to their workplace.

Such risks can and should be promptly addressed. Tackling this problem calls for action in a number of areas, so co-ordinated and comprehensive measures that bring together a number of national stakeholders are necessary. These include a review of regulations and enforcement in the transport sector, the payment of adequate transport allowances to workers, and safety campaigns that target transport providers as well as passengers. The important provisions that are covered by the National Social Security Fund in terms of compensation for work-related fatalities and accidents need to be applied across economic sectors for the families of those that lost their lives and for the injured.
The ILO, as always, stands ready to support national stakeholders to effectively protect workers’ safety.