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.

New guidelines aim to reduce accidents at construction sites

Labourers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, September 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Australia and Cambodia signed an agreement paving the way for better safety standards in the notoriously underregulated construction industry, the Australian Embassy announced Thursday. “The rapid transformation of Cambodia’s cities has created new challenges,” Australian Ambassador Pablo Kang said in a statement released by the embassy. “The major building collapses in recent years were tragedies. […]

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.”