Workers fall ill

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

About 600 persons working in a garment factory in Bengaluru were taken ill on new year’s day. Many of them fell unconscious soon after they entered the factory premises in Bommasandra industrial area at 8.30 am. Many started vomiting and suffered diarrhoea.

“No one had started work and one by one they started falling sick,” said Nandini, a tailor in the garment unit owned by Page Industries that makes clothes for the Jockey brand. The reason for the illness is unknown.

“We have to wait for the forensic report,” said Chandra Gowda, HR manager of Page Industries. B V Murali Mohan, head of the department of medicine at Narayana Hrudayalaya where many patients were treated, said the workers probably consumed contaminated food or water. But water samples collected from the factory were found safe said the district health officer, M Thimmappa.

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