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Woman falls to death at Foxconn dorm

By Kevin Chen  /  Staff Reporter

A young woman fell to her death from a dormitory building at Foxconn Technology Group’s (富士康) plant in China’s Henan Province on Sunday afternoon, the latest in a string of deaths involving factory explosions and worker suicides.

China’s Xinhua news agency yesterday reported on its Web site, citing local authorities, that Niu Xiaobei (牛曉蓓), an intern from a local technical school, slipped and fell from the sixth-floor of the dormitory building at Foxconn Technology Park in Zhengzhou city.

Citing Zhengzhou city government’s information office, the report said the accident occurred at about 3:20pm when Niu was trying to hang her laundry outside a window in the building.

Foxconn did not comment on the latest incident. The company’s complex in Zhengzhou mainly produces components used in computers, communications devices, mobile phones and consumer electronics.

Known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海) in Taiwan, Foxconn is the world’s largest maker of electronics components. The company also assembles Sony televisions, Hewlett-Packard printers and Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

The company last year came under scrutiny after a string of worker suicides and explosions in its Chinese factories raised public concerns about its working conditions and safety.

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