Foxconn plant closed as death toll rose to 3 in China

Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 00:59

Beijing: Foxconn, the world`s largest
electronics contractor, has suspended operations in its plant
in southwest China`s Sichuan province on Sunday as the death toll
in the recent explosion rose to three.

One worker, who had been seriously injured, died after
treatment failed, `Xinhua` quoted a spokesman with the
Hongfujin company as saying.

Two people were earlier found dead and 16 others

The operations in the polishing workshop, as well as
other plant sections with similar manufacturing processes,
have been suspended for further investigation and workplace
safety checks, he said.

The blast occurred Friday evening at a workshop in
Hongfujin Precision Electronics (Chengdu) Co Ltd, a subsidiary
of Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, located in the
provincial capital of Chengdu, he said.

As of today, six of the 16 injured workers have been
discharged from a hospital.

An initial investigation indicates that the explosion
could be caused by combustible dust in the polishing workshop.
Investigators ruled out the possibility of deliberate
sabotage, officials said.

Foxconn, the world`s largest electronics contractor,
opened the USD 2 billion Chengdu plant in October last year to
manufacture laptop computers, iPads, and other devices.


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First Published: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 00:59

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