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Working Paper

A Discussion and Survey on Worker’s Safety in Cambodia's Construction Industry

By its nature, the construction industry includes some of the most dangerous jobs for those who are employed in the sector. It is well known that construction projects have many work-related accidents and injuries. Therefore, attention to ensuring effective safely protocol is vital. In Cambodia, there is a high incidence of informal employment, with workers absent a ratified contract and provided with little training on occupational health and safety. Accordingly, this paper explores worker safety in the Cambodian construction sector and identifies policy recommendations to address shortcomings. In addition, it identified the role played by different parties in the development of safety programs and policies, taking into consideration cost and time effectiveness. It utilizes a qualitative methodology of semi-structured interviews with key informants to gather information that relates to construction workers, alongside field observations at the various sites in Phnom Penh city.

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