An explosion at the Foxconn manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China on Friday has claimed its third victim.
The Chinese manufacturing giant, which produces Apple products, has confirmed to All Things D that a third worker has died as a result of an explosion on Friday. “Foxconn can confirm that, sadly, a third employee has died from injuries from the May 20 explosion at one of the polishing workshops at our company’s Hongfujin Precision Electronics (Chengdu) Co. Ltd. facility in Chengdu.” The company said it was still investigating the cause of the explosion, but said initial findings suggest “that the accident was caused by an explosion of combustible dust in a duct.” Fifteen other employees were injured in the accident with six of those having been treated and released from the hospital.
Apple has also issued a statement following the tragic accident saying: “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.” While the primary concern will be to take care of the victims and their families, there will also be renewed calls for a full investigation into the conditions at the plant. Two weeks ago, watchdog group SACOM published a report into the welfare of the workers in the Chengdu plant. Amongst the issues raised in the report was concern among workers about high levels of explosive aluminum dust in the air around the polishing department. While Foxconn confirmed that all operations at the workshop where the explosion took place have been halted, work in other areas of the Chengdu plant continue as well as work at other Foxconn plants in China.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families at this time and we hope that this tragic loss of life will mean a full independent investigation into operations at the Chengdu plan will now be carried out.
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