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Cambodian rescuers work at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh (AP)

Cambodian rescuers work at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh (AP)

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Rescuers at the site of a factory collapse in Cambodia (AP)

Rescuers at the site of a factory collapse in Cambodia (AP)

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A shoe factory has collapsed in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (AP)

A shoe factory has collapsed in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (AP)

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A factory that makes Asics trainers collapsed on workers, killing two people (AP)

A factory that makes Asics trainers collapsed on workers, killing two people (AP)

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Cambodian rescuers at a factory that makes Asics sneakers, which has collapsed (AP)

Cambodian rescuers at a factory that makes Asics sneakers, which has collapsed (AP)

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At least two people have died and seven are injured after a Combodian factory collapsed (AP)

At least two people have died and seven are injured after a Combodian factory collapsed (AP)

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Cambodian rescuers work at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh (AP)

The ceiling of a Cambodian garment factory has collapsed on workers, killing two people and injuring seven in the latest accident to spotlight safety conditions in the industry.

About 50 workers were inside the factory, south of the capital Phnom Penh, when the ceiling caved in, said police officer Khem Pannara.

He said heavy iron equipment stored on the floor above appeared to have caused the collapse.

Two bodies were pulled from the wreckage and seven people were injured, he said. Rescuers combed through rubble for several hours and after clearing the site said that nobody else was trapped inside.

"We were working normally and suddenly several pieces of brick and iron started falling on us," said an injured 25-year-old, Kong Thary, from a nearby clinic.

Chea Muny, chief of a trade union for factory workers, identified the factory as a Taiwanese-owned operation called Wing Star that produces trainers for the Japanese sportswear label Asics. He said shoes made at the factory were imported to the United States and Europe.

The factory complex, which opened about a year ago, consists of several buildings. The structure where the collapse occurred was mainly used as a storage warehouse for shoe-production equipment but had a small work area where people were gathered when the collapse occurred, Mr Muny said.

The garment industry is Cambodia's biggest export earner. In 2012, more than four billion US dollars (£2.6 billion) of products were shipped to the United States and Europe.

About 500,000 people work in more than 500 garment and shoe factories throughout the country.

The accident comes about three weeks after a building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,127 people. "This shows that the problem is not only isolated to Bangladesh, and that companies (elsewhere) are trying to drive prices down by taking short cuts on workers' safety," said Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch.

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