Cambodian factory disaster kills two, continues controversy over garment production outsourcing

A workroom in a factory north of Phnom Penh, in Cambodia, collapsed on Thursday, killing at least two people and injuring at least a dozen more.

This comes less than a month after the Dhaka disaster, where a building housing factories producing garments for western fashion companies collapsed. The death toll from this currently stands at over 1,100 people, and it has led some to re-think the outsourcing practices of clothing companies.

"We were working normally and suddenly several pieces of brick and iron started falling on us," said Kong Thary , a worker at the Cambodian factory, told AP.

The factory was owned by Wing Star, a company which produces shoes for Japanese athletic company Asics.

The New York Times and others report that Cambodia has been considered as an alternative to Bangladesh for international clothes makers after the Dhaka tragedy.

The roof in the Wing Star factory is reported to have collapsed because equipment stored on a mezzanine level was too heavy to be supported.

 

 

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