Nearly 40 workers at a shoe factory in Kampong Speu province’s Samrong Tong district fainted this morning after a worker fell unconscious because she was too tired while standing in the line.
Cheav Bunrith, spokesman for National Social Security Fund, said that 34 workers fainted at the New ATT Shoe Making factory after a female worker had fainted, causing many others to fall unconscious.
“The reason 34 workers fainted is because of their agitated fear when they saw a worker faint,” Mr Burith said. “First, a few workers started to faint, but by8.30am, the workers who fainted reached 34.”
Mr Bunrith said that the victims were immediately admitted to private clinics and other workers were allowed to take the day off.
According to Samrong Tong district military police chief Vin Leng Houng, 501 of the 551 workers at New ATT Shoe Making are women.
He said that the workers fainted due to the odour of glue from the shoes.
Earlier last month, the Labour Ministry created a technical working group to study and investigate the causes of fainting in an attempt to reduce episodes of fainting at factories nationwide.
Labour Minister Ith Samheng, who is also chairman of the National Committee for Health and Work Safety, said the working group is comprised of 32 stakeholders from the Labour Ministry, Health Ministry, National Social Security Fund, hospital officials and the International Labour Organization.
A recent NSSF report said that the number of garment workers who fainted in 2017 increased 38 percent compared with 2016, with 22 factories hit by fainting incidents.
A total of 1,603 workers fainted in 2017, of which 1,599 were women.
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