iPad supplier in trouble again
Chinese factory criticised for worker safety
The Hong Kong NGO Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) has strongly condemned Foxconn for its negligence in maintaining work safety at one of its factories in China.
On May 20th, two people were killed and 16 were injured following an explosion at Foxconn's Chengdu factory in China, which makes iPads for Apple. The tragedy happened in the polishing department and involved an explosion of ultra-light dust.
SACOM have stated that the explosion was not accidental. In a report published in early May, SACOM pinpointed the problem of aluminium dust in the polishing department. Workers complained to SACOM that the department’s ventilation was poor. According to SACOM, workers polish the iPad cases to make them shiny. This produces lots of aluminium dust in the air which workers breathe in even though they wear masks. When they take off their cotton gloves, their hands are also covered with the dust.
Foxconn came under intense scrutiny in 2010 after a string of suicides by workers at its plant in Shenzhen, southern China.
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