By  on September 16, 2016

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — In a bid to address the growing traffic fatalities affecting the apparel sector, representatives of 12 major clothing retailers — including H&M, Gap and Puma — met here this week to discuss a strategy to improve road safety for factory employees as they commute to work.

Cambodia has long been plagued by a lack of serious enforcement of road safety and traffic regulations, with traffic accidents being the nation’s leading cause of death. The problem is especially acute in the apparel sector as data from the Ministry of Labor’s National Social Security Fund — which investigates and compensates workplace injuries — shows that industry workers were involved in 4,300 traffic accidents last year, resulting in 60 fatalities.

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