Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Workers faint: Mysterious smell lurks in factory

Workers faint: Mysterious smell lurks in factory

Workers faint: Mysterious smell lurks in factory

After nearly 140 people fainted over the weekend at a factory in Kandal province, 50 more at the same factory passed out yesterday.

Sixplus Industry garment factory had just reopened after the weekend, but now will remain closed until Wednesday, said Moeun Chanthy, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) at the factory.

“Around 9am, employees were working and some say a strong smell began to fill the workplace,” Chanthy said. “Then they ran out, causing some workers to faint.”

Odour was also cited in the 139 faintings this weekend.

Sixplus administrative manager Kong Parnieth could not be reached for comment. But when officials from FTU, the Ministry of Labour and Sixplus came into the workplace afterwards for an inspection, none detected the smell, Chanthy said.

“We think the workers were still worried from the fainting over the weekend, and the fear caused many to faint.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Sihanoukville to begin road project

    The government will spend $200 million to improve Sihanoukville’s infrastructure. The eight-month project will involve the rebuilding of 34 streets with a total of more than 84km. Pal Chandara, the secretary of state and spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, told The Post

  • Bodhisattva statue unearthed

    The Apsara National Authority technical team uncovered a sandstone statue of a Bodhisattva while carrying out excavation work at the east entrance of the Ta Nei temple on October 8. The team was trying to find the temple’s roof stone, which had fallen into a

  • Artefact is seized from American auctioneers

    Cambodian and US archaeologists on Thursday discussed the formalities and procedures of returning to Cambodia an artefact which was recently seized by US Homeland Security Investigators (HSI) from an auction house in San Francisco. On Monday, the HSI said US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),

  • World Bank: Challenges facing the Kingdom

    Cambodia’s economy currently faces challenges including credit growth in the construction and real estate sectors, rising indebtedness and the possible withdrawal of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement, said the World Bank Group’s latest forecast report on the Asia-Pacific economies. The