Asbestos materials pose lingering health risk to construction workers

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, September 29, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Experts say builders and other residents are facing health hazards from asbestos, an insulating material banned in many countries due to a range of harmful effects but still being imported for use in Cambodia.

Construction workers struggling despite lockdown lifting

Workers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, May 19, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

“The government provided some assistance to garment workers, but construction workers, we have received nothing,” she said. “When we get sick, there is no money to receive treatment.”