Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pesticide blamed in Kampong Speu mass fainting

Pesticide blamed in Kampong Speu mass fainting

 Garment workers rest yesterday after falling victim to a mass fainting at a Kampong Speu factory.
Garment workers rest yesterday after falling victim to a mass fainting at a Kampong Speu factory. Photo supplied

Pesticide blamed in Kampong Speu mass fainting

Dozens of garment workers in Kampong Speu province fainted yesterday, with some pointing the finger at pesticides allegedly sprayed by the factory.

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) said 46 female garment workers fainted in Voasar commune’s Cerie (Cambodia) Garment Co Ltd factory.

“According to investigations, in the early morning, the factory did not switch on the fan and then when the workers came to work, they started to faint,” it says.

Nineteen workers were sent to hospital, while the other 27 were treated at Sok Na clinic.

Soy Chan Thou, an official with the in-factory union, blamed the use of pesticides.

“Sunday was a holiday, so the company sprayed [pesticides] to kill insects, and [yesterday], throughout the morning, the company did not turn on the fan, so workers started to faint.”

Khim Vat, a district police official, said authorities were investigating. Cerie representatives could not be reached.

Pesticides were also blamed for a mass fainting in Kandal province last month.

MOST VIEWED

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by

  • Chinese influence to sweep Kingdom?

    Growing Cambodia-China ties have seen the latter’s influence sweep across the Kingdom through increased investments and tourism. The Asian giant has become the leading source of foreign funds in Cambodia, fuelling the construction sector with huge casino and hotel projects. Much of the growth

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National