Thirteen cases of fainting among garment workers occurred in factories last year, a decrease of more than 60 percent compared with 17 cases in 2018, according to a National Social Security Fund report.
The NSSF report released yesterday said that fainting occurred in 11 factories across the Kingdom in 2019 in which 831 workers, 822 of whom were women, fainted.
It said that in 2018, 17 cases of fainting occurred in 17 factories where 2,109 workers, 2,096 of whom were women, fainted.
Speaking to reporters yesterday at the NSSF annual meeting in Phnom Penh, NSSF director Ouk Samvithya said that 37 percent of fainting cases stemmed from psychosocial issues, 19 percent from physical problems, 19 percent from chemical fumes, seven percent from mechanical problems and four percent from overtime work.
Mr Samvithya said that the fainting cases decreased thanks to preventive measures, noting that the NSSF continues to educate workers on how to protect themselves from fainting.
The report said that officials visited 34 factories to educate more than 2,600 workers about sanitation, work safety, labour conditions and also the benefit of social security fund.
Separately, the NSSF also reported that 50 garment workers died and about 2,000 sustained injuries from traffic accidents last year.
It said that the 1,554 traffic accidents occurred in 2019, a decrease of nine percent compared with 1,710 cases in 2018.
“The number of accidents decreased last year but the number of dead and injured workers increased,” it said, adding that 2,006 workers were injured, 341 of whom sustained critical injuries last year.
It said that more than 92 percent of traffic accidents involving garment workers were caused by motorbikes and about three percent by trucks.
The report said the number of injured workers increased by eight percent compared with 1,863 injured workers in 2018.
It said that 42 workers died in traffic accidents in 2018.
Mr Samvithya said that traffic accidents involving garment workers decreased due to dissemination of traffic law to drivers of the trucks carrying workers.
“The NSSF officials have disseminated traffic law to workers and drivers of trucks carrying workers at 665 factories last year. 30,747 workers and 23,873 truck drivers participated in the sessions,” he said.