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2 killed, 9 hurt in Cambodian factory

HONG KONG — A ceiling at a small factory that makes shoes outside the Cambodian capital collapsed Thursday, killing at least two workers.

Ken Loo, the secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, said that steel beams holding up a concrete-floored storage area at mezzanine height between two buildings had given way. Nine other workers were injured, three of them severely, Loo said.

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The collapse in Phnom Penh came 22 days after the collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh killed at least 1,127 people and prompted an outcry for global retailers to assume more responsibility for the safety of workers at their suppliers.

Loo said the factory had been making shoes for Asics, a Japanese company. A spokesman for Asics confirmed the factory made sports shoes for the company. He said Asics ‘‘offered its deepest sympathies’’ to the victims and their families and Asics would consider actions to revamp safety measures at suppliers.

New York Times

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