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Eighth worker falls to death at Foxconn plant

An eighth employee has fallen to his death at Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, according to China's state media.

An eighth employee has fallen to his death at Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, according to China's state media.

21 year old Nan Gan fell from a fourth floor factory building in the early hours of the morning shortly after completing his shift.

This year, a total of 10 workers have fallen from buildings in Foxconn's manufacturing campus in Shenzhen, southern China. Two survived but had sustained serious injuries.

This latest death comes days after Foxconn announced that it was bringing in counselors and invited Buddhist monks into the campus to provide support for its workers.

Apple has investigated Foxconn following a complaint made in June 2006, but found the claims of bad employment practices to be largely unfounded. Apple did however concluded that some employees were working longer hours than Foxconn's mandated maximum during busy periods, and that as many as a quarter of the staff weren't taking at least one day off a week.

Foxconn is part of Hon Hai Precision, the world's largest manufacturer of consumer electronics, manufacturing big name products such as the iPhone. The company employs some 800,000 workers worldwide, with most of the workforce based in China.