Nearly 40 garment workers at the Green Meadow Development factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district fainted yesterday during a morning factory service announcement.
Colonel Chim Sitha, district police chief, said the incident began at about 10.30am when one worker fainted, spreading mass hysteria among other garment workers.
“There were 38 workers, two of whom were men. A loud speaker announcement caused the first worker to lose consciousness and other workers began fainting soon after,” Col Sitha said. “The workers began fainting because they were scared.”
He added that the affected workers were sent for medical treatment.
“They are better now, we helped them get to hospital on time,” he said, noting that factory management allowed the workers to take one day off yesterday before coming back to work today.
Last week, 16 women, including five pregnant workers, from KKN Apparel garment factory in Koh Kong province fainted after the company’s general emergency alarm began ringing.
In a report, the National Social Security Fund said 1,665 workers fainted in the first seven months of this year; during the same period in 2017, 1,603 fainted.