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Officials blame poor working conditions for workers' hospitalisation

Update: May, 21/2014 - 14:00
The Thanh Hoa Health Department reported that over 1,300 workers were hospitalised last Thursday and 668 on Monday with symptoms of headache, dizziness, vomiting, sweating and twisted limbs. —  Photo nld

THANH HOA (VNS) — Health Ministry officials and health experts yesterday alleged that over 2,000 workers of two companies had been affected by high levels of organic solvents, leading to their hospitalisation.

The incident happened in the northern Thanh Hoa City last Thursday and Monday.

A team of inspectors from the ministry, led by head of the Food Safety Department Tran Quang Trung, yesterday investigated the working conditions in the two companies, namely the Taiwanese Hong Fu Footware Company Ltd and the Hong My Company.

They found that the hospitalised workers had been working in cramped and stuffy workshops which lacked a proper blower system. The levels of organic solvent there increased during hot days, which affected the workers' nervous system.

The Thanh Hoa Health Department reported that over 1,300 workers were hospitalised last Thursday and 668 on Monday with symptoms of headache, dizziness, vomiting, sweating and twisted limbs.

As of yesterday, 67 workers were still in hospital.

Previously, the Thanh Hoa provincial authorities dismissed speculation that the shoe workers had been poisoned as they found no trace of poison or heavy metals in the water drunk by the workers. — VNS

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