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Another Foxconn worker falls to death in China

SUICIDE?Parent firm Hon Hai Precision denied that the worker fell from a dorm in its China factory, but added that police were still investigating

Staff writer, with CNA

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) yesterday said it had been informed that a young male worker at a factory of its China-based subsidiary, Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), had fallen to his death a day earlier.

According to Chinese media reports, the 22-year-old worker, identified only by his family name Yang, fell from a Foxconn dormitory in the Guanlan factory complex in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Wednesday.

However, Hon Hai said that the worker fell from a rented apartment outside the factory complex itself, adding that it was still trying to get more details about the young man’s death.

COOPERATION

Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, which assembles Apple Inc’s iPhones and iPads, said it was cooperating with Chinese police in an investigation into the case.

It remained unclear whether the death was being treated as a suicide, the company said.

However, some reports said Yang, a native of Qiqihaer in Heilongjiang, northeastern China, slashed his wrists in his room on the 8th floor before jumping from a window on the floor above.

WORK CONDITIONS

At least 13 Foxconn employees died in apartment suicides in 2010, followed by several others last year. Some labor rights activists blamed tough working conditions, leading to calls for better treatment of company staff.

Foxconn denied the accusations. It raised wages by nearly 70 percent at its China plants in 2010. Apple gave a positive review of working conditions at its China plants earlier this year.

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