Bavet town factory sees 40 more pass out

Bavet town factory sees 40 more pass out

More than 100 factory workers have fainted since Friday at You Li International Garment Ltd in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town. Union officials are blaming the blackouts on chemical odours at the factory.

Forty workers passed out on the job yesterday, and more than 60 fainted on Friday, said Chheng Chhoan, secretary-general of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers.

“No one got seriously [ill], because the factory sent them to the hospital on time,” he said.

The factory will close down for a day to allow Buddhist monks to perform a blessing, according to Chhoan. Food and music will be available to make the workers more comfortable, but Chhoan did not know what will be done about the chemical fumes. The factory plans to resume normal operations on Wednesday.

More than 1,800 workers fainted in 34 factories in 2014, according to National Social Security Fund figures released last week. The results represent a slight uptick over last year.

The report cited chemicals, physical exhaustion, psychological stress, mechanical problems and overwork as the main reasons behind the faintings.

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