Apple Admits to Safety Issues at Chinese Factories


Apple has published that 137 workers at Wintek, a Chinese manufacture of parts for both Apple and Nokia, had been exposed to poisonous chemicals while making parts for the iPhone.
The workers at the Wintek factory in Suzhou were exposed to a chemical called N-Hexane which is widely used in the manufacture of electronics. The worker who were exposed, due to a malfunctioning ventilation system suffered paralysis of the arms and legs.

More details after the jump.


Apple Inc, wrote in it’s yearly supplier responsibility report, that it asked Wintek to stop using the chemical and repair the ventilation system, they also wrote in the report that Apple had also paid for hospital expenses due to the poisoning.
However, workers involved in the incident are now saying they have received no compensation and that they have even been asked when they will resign from their positions, as Wintek now seem them as unfit to work!

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3 Comments

  1. Christopher Polomski
    February 17, 2011

    I hear the workers have been offered about £9000 to leave and sign a no liaability clause or face dismissal with nothing. Thats China for you(sorce CCTV 9)

  2. ash
    February 18, 2011

    Chinese press are reporting that 137 workers were incapacitated, i.e. made disabled, after working in their factories.

    Is it a translation issue, or is there truth in the reports from the Chinese side?