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Three dead in explosion at Chinese Ipad 2 factory

One year after employee suicides at Foxconn
Mon May 23 2011, 14:30

CHINESE MANUFACTURING OUTFIT Foxconn has verified that three workers died after an explosion in its Ipad 2 factory.

Officials at the Taiwanese company Hon Hai Precision Industries, otherwise known as Foxconn, said that three people died in the explosion. The tragedy took place in its plant in southwest China where the company is contracted to make electronics gadgets for western vendors including Apple, Dell, and HP.

According to Reuters, the explosion took place in the factory that manufactures Apple's Ipad 2 and initial findings suggest it was caused by dust particles caught in a duct that ignited.

In addition to the three people killed in the accident, 15 more were injured and six were sent to the hospital but have since been released.

Foxconn has shut down the factory where the explosion took place and suspended work at other factories where the same kind of hardware is being manufactured. However, Foxconn hasn't shut down any of its other plants in China, which remain fully operational.

Apple hasn't commented on the tragic news. This terrible incident happened almost exactly one year after western vendors distanced themselves from previous suicide deaths at Foxconn, which had a reputation as a sweatshop with awful working and living conditions for its employees.

An undercover investigation found that the suicide rate of workers at the company was extremely high, with workers living in oppressive conditions for little pay. The firm has since claimed to have increased wages and improved working conditions. µ


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