Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

Summary: Foxconn, the factory that manufactures many of the gadgets in the world, was rocked by a huge explosion in the building where iPad 2s are assembled. Cause of the accident is still unknown but 2 deaths and 16 injuries have been confirmed.

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The Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China was rocked by a huge explosion at around 7 pm local time. According to a CCTV reporter on the scene and reported by MIC Gadgets, the explosion and ensuing fire occurred inside the building where iPad 2s are manufactured.

A Foxconn spokesperson has confirmed to Gizmodo that two workers were killed and 16 others were injured:

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.

21st Century Business Herald (via Google Translate) is reporting that the security staff believed the thick smoke was toxic and that the explosion was caused by "super-light dust", but there is no official word on the cause of the explosion from Foxconn.

There were apparently hundreds of workers inside the A05 iPad 2 building at the time of the accident so we hope casualty was limited to just those 18 people confirmed by Foxconn. It takes an unfortunate accident such as this to remind us that real people put their lives at risk every day to make us the shiny toys that we crave. Understandably, production for the iPad 2 has been halted to allow officials to investigate the cause of this accident and ensure the safety of the workers.

[Source:21st Century Business HeraldGizmodo via MIC Gadgets]

[Video Source: TV.SoHu.com]

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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  • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

    Wow! All for the Apple in you!
    d_tisdal
    • Foxconn deaths keep mounting

      and they all happen at iPad/iPhone/iPod facilities.<br><br>It can't be denied anymore. Otherwise someone's hands will end up being stained in red as Foxconn's<br><br>This is worse than child labor exploitation done by other companies in India. There will be no way avoiding being held accountable if Foxconn is the supplier. <br><br>May I ask, how many more deaths will it take before something more than PR show and parades in the case of Foxconn. <br><br> As of this year 17 suicides there (Google: 1 Million Workers. 90 Million iPhones. 17 Suicides). 2 in this accident. Total is now 19 at least, and the tally keeps on counting.
      Uralbas
      • Something to live for

        @Uralbas Not to make light of any deaths, but 17 suicides per year in a population of one million is actually quite low. It is far lower than, for example, the average in the United States, which is 111 per million people.

        OK, you hate Apple, but try not to sell garbage with your hatred.
        Robert Hahn
      • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

        @Uralbas I suppose scaled dynamics, who are working on commercial spaceflight, and whose engine manufacturing accident killed 16 people, is evil too? Working at a factory is dangerous. Unfortunately, there is litte anyone can do to change the fact that building things can get dangerous. It doesnt mean foxconn is a mass murderer. They deserve scrutiny, yes, but these people know what theyre getting into.
        nickswift498
      • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

        @Uralbas Hating on Apple much? As mentioned above the stats are quite low comparatively. This is also a factory where accidents are more likely to happen.
        athynz
      • Last year suicides were ***not*** on Apple-only factories

        @Uralbas: these facilities were also manufacturing goods for <b>other American and Japanese companies</b>. You might remember that the likes of Nintendo launched their investigations on what was happening with suicides, not only Apple.
        DDERSSS
      • Robert Hahn

        @Uralbas
        I agree with you, but are you matching rates of a million employed workers in China to that of a million unemployed workers in the US?

        And China is not known for being "open" about many things, so are we sure the numbers are accurate?
        Tim Cook
      • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

        @Uralbas this is something that no one can control no matter how big your company is. Accidents happen and we can just control them. <a href="http://www.e2solutions.net/effective_web_promotions_seo_company_india.htm">SEO India</a>
        raghavtt
    • Not only Apple use Foxconn

      @d_tisdal@... <br><br>My cheapest, operating system free system that money can buy also starts by displaying Foxconn in big letters before Linux starts booting.

      However Apple products seem very expensive for what is basically a fancy front end on BSD Unix so maybe they should be giving more of the profits back to the people who actually manufacturer the things.
      jorwell
      • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

        @jorwell Having used linux for two years as my main os before switching to a mac, there is real valuein having apple develop drivers and attracting developers. Its not just fancy BSD... Its a fancy BSD environment that people actually write software for.
        nickswift498
    • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

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  • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

    I can't imagine what would cause this... I imagine there are things that are flamable there but an explosion... Wow, that is crazy scary stuff there.
    slickjim
    • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

      @Peter Perry manufacturing is a dangerous process. You are dealing with toxic and flamable components in large quantities.
      Your Non Advocate
      • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

        @facebook@...

        It was probably a dust explosion. With a lot of dust in the air, explosions can be extremely powerful due to the large amount of combustible surface area.
        10tech
    • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

      @Peter Perry
      Standard industrial grade chemical solvents will explode in the presence of a building fire environment. A chemical fire is a dangerous event.
      kenosha77a
    • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

      @Peter Perry It may be something to do with the manufacturing of capacitive indium powder, with which the surface of touch screens are impregnated to allow them to hold a charge across the surface. I dont know for sure though; its just a hunch.
      nickswift498
      • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

        @nickswift498 I think those are manufactured in Japan but I could be wrong.
        slickjim
      • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

        @peter perry Like I said... Its a hunch
        nickswift498
    • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

      @Peter Perry

      I can't remember where I heard this but I think I remember a news story that dust can spontaneously combust and create a fire or explosion. I seem to remember some kind of warehouse or manufacturing facility having an explosion in the US a while ago. As pristine as their Apple products are shipped out, I wouldn't expect a ground level accumulation but perhaps they didn't clean areas up high. I hope they take care of the families of the victims. I'm sure their coworkers are quite traumatized as well.
      Admin71
      • RE: Foxconn factory explosion in iPad 2 building, 2 killed and 16 injured

        @Bookmark71 <br><br>Any combustive dust suspended in the air at the right concentrations can cause very, very large explosions. A good example of this is Dust explosions in grain silo's (Americans call em elevators). This is often caused by poor ventilation in a facility. There have been a number of Silo Dust explosions due to poor ventilation design. The US ones are best documented if your interested.
        jinxbob