Chinese workers allegedly poisoned while making Apple iPhones

“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.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Melo” and “Michael D.” for the heads up.]

68 Comments

  1. Here’s a FUD spreading opportunity folks!

    No one in any industry or production plant ever got job related illness or disability like the ones who whork on an “Apple” assembly line…

    Poisonout chemicals and substances nor the related hazzards don’t exist anywhere else…

  2. Here’s a FUD spreading opportunity folks!

    No one in any industry or production plant ever got job related illness or disability like the ones who whork on an “Apple” assembly line…

    Poisonout chemicals and substances nor the related hazzards don’t exist anywhere else…

  3. Sounds like a sub-contractor to Foxcon if Foxcon were unable to meet production schedules, in which case, this is a question for Foxcon to answer since its own factories have been audited by Apple inc. and extra money laid out to increase employee wages and conditions as highly publicized after the suicides.

    How many employees were poisoned? How many employees work in that unit? Why were those who were not poisoned not poisoned? How do the numbers break down in percentages. Does it mean that if you accidentally remove an Apple logo, you might be poisoned? If at all that is the case.

    Finally, I wonder how dizzy, numb and poisoned individuals would have the clarity of mind to smuggle out an alleged Apple logo, past tight controls to a hospital were they were later able to supply them as evidence to reporters.

  4. Sounds like a sub-contractor to Foxcon if Foxcon were unable to meet production schedules, in which case, this is a question for Foxcon to answer since its own factories have been audited by Apple inc. and extra money laid out to increase employee wages and conditions as highly publicized after the suicides.

    How many employees were poisoned? How many employees work in that unit? Why were those who were not poisoned not poisoned? How do the numbers break down in percentages. Does it mean that if you accidentally remove an Apple logo, you might be poisoned? If at all that is the case.

    Finally, I wonder how dizzy, numb and poisoned individuals would have the clarity of mind to smuggle out an alleged Apple logo, past tight controls to a hospital were they were later able to supply them as evidence to reporters.

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