Nearly 100 workers at the Senduno (Cambodia) Knitting, Ltd factory in Takeo province’s Bati district fainted on Tuesday evening due to the smell of a chemical that famers sprayed on their nearby rice fields.
The fainting workers were quickly sent to the referral hospital.
According to a report from the Bati district administrative office, the workers started to faint at about 3:45pm and local authorities and factory officials rushed them to hospital.
“The provincial governor, Lay Vannak, is visiting the workers who are staying in hospital and he gave some aid and money to them,” deputy district governor Hang Vichikarangsey told Khmer Times.
He added that 86 workers had fainted.
“We do not know the real reason yet and the committee is investigating this fainting, but the rumour is it was caused by farmers spraying chemicals in a nearby field,” said Mr Vichikarangsey.
The factory has a total of 1,650 workers, of which 92 are male.
The National Social Security Fund reported that the number of workers fainting in 2017 decreased 28 percent when compared with 2016, with incidents happening in 18 factories around the country. A total of 1,160 workers fainted in 2017, of which 1,159 were women.
Full story in Thursday’s paper.