Another Factory Collapse Kills 2

Cambodian facility makes Asics sneakers

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 16, 2013 9:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another factory collapse is in the headlines, this one in Cambodia. The ceiling caved in at a facility outside Phnom Penh that makes Asics sneakers, reports the AP. At least two workers are dead and seven injured. It's not even close to the scale of the disaster in Bangladesh three weeks ago, but critics say it's another example of the shoddy conditions endured by menial workers so retailers can sell clothes in the West.

“The shoe and garment industry is built upon huge profits and little concern for the well-being of their workers,” a spokeswoman for the Clean Clothes Campaign tells the New York Times. Asics is a Japanese company whose shoes are popular with American runners, in part because of the company's reputation for corporate responsibility, says the Times. Some big Western retailers, meanwhile, are pledging reforms in the wake of the Bangladesh tragedy.

Ambulances wait to transfer injured workers at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Ambulances wait to transfer injured workers at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
A Cambodian rescue officer, center, tries to clear watching people from the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
A Cambodian rescue officer, center, tries to clear watching people from the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Cambodian rescuers work at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village.
Cambodian rescuers work at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village.   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Cambodian rescuers work at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village.
Cambodian rescuers work at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village.   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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