“Workers in southern China, who say they were assembling Apple laptops and iPhones, have become seriously ill after using a dangerous chemical,” Stephen McDonell reports for ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) News.
“The Number Five People’s Hospital in Suzhou has been treating workers who breathed in vapours from the chemical n-hexane,” McDonell reports. “According to the workers, the chemical was being used in the production of Apple products and has left them unable to walk.”
McDonell reports, “They say they were using n-hexane to glue and polish the logos on Apple products – at least they assumed they were not fakes. One had kept some of the logos they were using to prove that they were working on Apple products and showed them to the ABC. After breathing in the chemical’s vapours, they became dizzy and numb and eventually they could not walk… The women have now been in hospital for more than half a year.”
“The workers’ boss, Zhong Jianxiang, was not available to be interviewed,” McDonell reports. “Apple, meanwhile, would not confirm it had sourced products from companies based in China, but said it had tightened its requirements regarding workplace safety at its suppliers.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Melo” and “Michael D.” for the heads up.]