Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mass fainting hits factory a second time

Mass fainting hits factory a second time

Factory workers receive medical assistance in Kampong Cham province yesterday after fainting due to fumes from pesticides being sprayed near their workplace
Factory workers receive medical assistance in Kampong Cham province yesterday after fainting due to fumes from pesticides being sprayed near their workplace. Photo supplied

Mass fainting hits factory a second time

Eighty workers at Ly Quiang Corp garment factory fainted yesterday in Kampong Cham’s Batheay district after inhaling pesticide used at a nearby farm, the National Social Security Fund said, the second such incident there in the past three months.

According to an NSSF statement, 77 workers are still receiving treatment at Batheay Referral Hospital, while three have been discharged. “The fainting was caused by inhaling pesticide sprayed by farmers near the factory. While they were working, they started to faint. They were sent to hospital immediately,” it reads.

In a similar event last November, more than 40 workers at the same factory fainted from inhaling pesticide fumes.

Deputy commune chief Doung Nga yesterday defended the use of pesticides by the area’s farmers. “They do it legally. We cannot ban them from using pesticides on their own crops, but we suggested them not to spray when the workers are working,” he said.

Factory worker Srey Nha said workers could not endure the smell of the pesticide and lost strength after inhaling it. “It was a very bad smell and we had difficulty breathing [But] now we are better.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release