Two laborers painting the exterior of a building in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district fell from scaffolding on Wednesday morning and sustained injuries, police said.
“The victims were working on the third floor painting the back of the building.
Then one of them made the scaffolding shake and they both fell off,” said Mao Savoeun, police chief of Stung Meanchey commune.
The men, Hak Ny, 26, and Rous Mab, 45, had safety belts but didn’t use them, according to the head of construction at the Royal Ceramics Cambodia company building where the incident occurred, the police chief said.
“They were careless,” he added.
Mr. Savoeun said neither man sustained life-threatening injuries.
“Both had injuries to their heads and other parts of their bodies,” he said. “They will not die.”
The painters, who had been hired for just a week, were being treated on Wednesday at Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh.
On Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen signed a sub-decree establishing a new national committee that will monitor the enforcement of occupational health and safety standards.
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