Nearly 4,000 workers from industrial zones in the southern province of Binh Duong on May 5 joined a walk programme to highlight the importance of safety at work.

Co-organised by Better Work Vietnam, the International Labour Organisation, and the International Finance Corporation, the 2013 walking programme was themed “Fire and explosion safety.”

Deputy Chairman of Binh Duong provincial People’s Committee Huynh Van Nhi said the activity was very practical for popularising the important meaning of industrial safety among workers and labourers.

Also under the programme, the workers participated in other activities, such as watching films, answering questions and responding to supposed fire situations.

Almost 1,700 fires are reported in Vietnam each year, with many happening at factories. The fire at Ha Phong garment plant in the northern province of Bac Giang in early April burnt down all production facilities together with thousands of motorbikes and bikes of workers.-VNA