Another incident of mass fainting has been reported in Cambodia's garment industry, this time at the Sportex Industry factory in Phnom Penh's Russei Keo district where around 59 workers collapsed.

The workers were taken ill after a series of false fire alarms meant they had to rush out the two-storey production complex three times. Initial investigations showed they fainted due to lack of oxygen in the factory and the rush to get out.

Cambodia's Ministry of Labour asked the factory to give the workers four days' paid leave, before resuming operations.

The Sportex Industry factory is managed by the Taiwanese-owned Sportex Industry Co  Ltd, which makes sportswear for Adidas and has aroundly 1,400 workers.

In a related move, the International Labour Organisation's Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme is seeking funding for a campaign to prevent future fainting incidents at garment factories. It hopes to persuade workers to pay more attention to health and hygiene, as well as encourage employers to improve working conditions.