Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Nearly 200 faint from factory fumes over three days

Nearly 200 faint from factory fumes over three days

Victims are carried to an ambulance after a mass fainting at a Takeo province factory this week. Photo supplied
Victims are carried to an ambulance after a mass fainting at a Takeo province factory this week. Photo supplied

Nearly 200 faint from factory fumes over three days

More than 180 garment workers have fainted over the course of three days at a Chinese factory in Takeo province’s Bati district.

A manager at the Seduno (Cambo) Knitting factory, who declined to give his name, said workers were sickened by the smell of pesticide being sprayed at a nearby rice field on Tuesday. However, workers continued to faint yesterday even though the fumes had dissipated.

“I’m not sure whether it’s because of health problems or because one by one they got scared,” he said.

Horm Rin, 38, a worker and the representative for the Workers Friendship Union Federation, attributed the fumes to chemicals in the factory.

She also said conditions at the factory were stressful, with employees often pressured into working overtime.

“We work seven days a week, and Monday through Friday we work from 7am to 8pm,” Rin said.

The phenomenon of mass fainting in Cambodia is still not well understood. Labour advocates have attributed the cause to poor working conditions, while some believe the faintings are psychogenic events.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Schools drawn into Manet degree row

    Prime Minister Hun Sen stepped into the Hun Manet-Sam Rainsy war of words over the validity of Manet’s degree from the US Military Academy at West Point, set off by Rainsy’s claims that Manet had received a “second-class degree” or “honorary degree”. Hun

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished