Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministries inspect factory

Ministries inspect factory

Ministries inspect factory

Officials from the Ministries of Health, Environment, and Labour yesterday reported that working conditions at a garment factory in the capital were “regular”, despite acknowledging that nearly 300 workers had reportedly suffered from exhaustion at the factory in the past week.

The Post reported last week that roughly 30 workers had fainted at the Zhen Tai Garment (Cambodia) Co Ltd factory in Sen Sok district after sparks started flying from a generator and a fire alarm went off.

The following day, about 50 workers fainted, many of whom later complained of foul-smelling chemicals in the factory.

According to a joint statement released yesterday, representatives from the three ministries who visited Zhen Tai factory concluded that the facility had a proper working environment “without any foul-smelling chemicals”.

However, officials acknowledged that 20 workers had fainted and 281 had reported  exhaustion in the last five days, which they attributed to “panic” and “lack of sleep”.

“Some workers fainted because they were scared of a spark from the generator and the fire alarm, others reported exhaustion, headaches and difficulty breathing because of panic and short sleep,” the statement said.

During the visit from authorities, 24 workers complained of dizziness and exhaustion, but a labour ministry official downplayed the symptoms, claiming that the workers were still scared from previous faintings.

“The environment and conditions at the factory are good, but these workers are still scared from incidents like the electrical malfunction and sparks [from the generator],” Pok Vanthat, deputy director of the Occupational Health Department at the Ministry of Labour, said yesterday.

Kea Cheakea, chief of administration at Zhen Tai factory, claimed yesterday that the figure quoted by officials may have been inflated by some workers being counted twice.  She added that she had invited the officials to visit the factory, despite officials claiming they had come to inspect the facility independently.

Kea Cheakea said the factory’s international buyer was concerned about the recent reports of fainting and was scheduled to visit the factory this morning.

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on