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06-02-2011, 10:53 AM #1
Foxconn Blast Investigation Closes as Production Resumes
Two weeks ago, a fatal explosion rocked the Foxonnn plant in China where Apple products, including the iPad 2, are manufactured. Despite some initial confusion surrounding the nature of the blast and its extent, at least three people were tragically killed in the blast and more than a dozen other injuries - some serious - were reported.
According to this morning's Wall Street Journal, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (the formal name of the Foxconn division impacted by the blast) reopened its workshop in China this week after the investigation into the explosion concluded. Although no details or conclusions were reported in the findings, the accident is being liked to "a deadly combustible dust explosion."
A Hon Hai spokesman named Louis Woo says his company has already made a number of significant safety improvements in its workshops because the blast "was likely due to an explosion of aluminum dust in a ventilation duct." Foxconn, as we know, not only makes products for Apple, but also for the likes of Hewlett-Packard Co., Sony Corp., Dell Inc. and Nintendo.
As the Wall Street Journal confirms, there remains no indication that any major supply disruptions have resulted - or will result - from the temporary plant closure and the changes being made to the facility to better insure safe working conditions and a reduced likelihood for such events happening again in the future.
Source: Wall Street Journal
06-02-2011, 01:33 PM #2
Tragic. First, a high rate of suicides and now exploding dust. Id be terrified to go to work in that facility. Its like tap dancing blind in a mine field...you never know if you'll make it for lunch.
06-02-2011, 04:43 PM #3