Second mass fainting hits Takeo factory

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Workers who fainted recover at a local clinic. Supplied

More than 100 garment workers from the JD and Toyoshima Company in Takeo province’s Bati district fainted again one day after the Labour Minister warned factory owners they would face legal action if large groups of their staff fainted.

The National Social Security Fund reported that 137 workers at the factory fainted on Friday morning, after 221 passed out at the same facility on Wednesday.

It said the NSSF’s working group to prevent fainting and labour accidents went to investigate the second round of fainting and found ventilation at the factory had not been sufficiently improved since the first incident.

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“The Labour Ministry ordered JD and Toyoshima to correct the environment in the factory by improving ventilation with fans to get enough air into the workplace to ensure that all workers can come back to work safely,” a statement said.

JD and Toyoshima factory officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The NSSF said that the 221 workers fainted on Wednesday after smelling something similar to ripe guava. The source of the odour was unknown.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng said last week that he wanted an end to mass fainting in garment factories, adding that he would change workplace safety laws to make sure it did not keep happening.

“Each factory will have to have a technical team to check the workplace before staff enter,” he said.

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“Factories have to comply: if the information spreads about their workers fainting, it is something potential buyers will consider. It also affects production.”

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