Garment workers at Vonammy Cambodia Garment Co Ltd in Takeo province’s Bati district have been given days off until Monday after scores of them fainted over the past two days due to poor ventilation.
Mol Vicheat, a provincial deputy governor, said yesterday that nearly a hundred workers fainted on Tuesday and Wednesday, adding that some have recovered while others are still receiving treatment at the provincial referral hospital.
He said doctors have determined that the workers fainted due the poor ventilation in the factory.
“Provincial authority suggested that company allows the workers to have rest until January 27 to recover from the oxygen deprivation,” Mr Vicheat said.
Moeng Viriya, provincial labour department director, yesterday said that officials inspected the factory and found that its exhaust fans were dirty, leading to poor ventilation.
“We suggested to the company to clean the fans to improve ventilation,” he said.
A National Social Security Fund report said last week, fainting cases occurred in 11 factories last year, a decrease of more than 60 percent compared with cases in 17 factories in 2018.
It noted that last year 831 workers fainted, 822 of whom were women.
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