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Foxconn Plant Explodes, Apple Issues Statement

by on May 20th, 2011

The Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China that manufactures the iPad 2 suffered an explosion that has killed two workers. Apparently the explosion occurred in the building where flammable special dust is used to clean iPad screens, according to M.I.C. Gadget.

Foxconn’s statement, sent to Mobilized:

We can confirm that at approximately 7 pm on May 20, there was an explosion at our Chengdu campus. At this point, we can also confirm that there were two fatalities with injuries to 16 other employees. We are working with medical officials to provide treatment to the injured employees and we are working with government and law enforcement officials to contact the families of all employees affected by this tragedy.

The situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the cause of this explosion is being investigated by local police officials. Foxconn is cooperating fully with that investigation. Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of the investigation. The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we will do whatever is required to determine and address the cause of this tragic accident.

 

Apple sent their statement to Mobilized, too:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families…we are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”

Foxconn has had issues in the past with apparent suicides over working conditions. It’s a tragic event that has happened and clearly illustrates how working conditions within factories still need to improve.

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