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Two-day respite: Factory shut for repairs after fainting

The Sabrina Garment factory, where 107 workers fainted on Wednesday morning, was ordered yesterday to close for two days to clean and repair its ventilation system, a Ministry of Labour official said yesterday.

The decision to close the factory, in Kampong Speu province’s Somrong district, came after discussions between representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour, the Free Trade Union and the factory’s owner.

“We have ordered the factory to clean some tools in the factory and repair its ventilation system,” Pok Vanthath, deputy director of occupational health at the Ministry of Labour, said.

The reason for the fainting, which sent about 60 to hospital, had likely been caused by a smell of adhesive that was being used to lay tiles in the factory, he said.

Chea Mony, president of Cambodia’s Free Trade Union, said four workers remained in hospital.

“Some workers are better, but they have to rest, and the factory must clean the entire area to rid it of the smell,” he said.

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