Gas leak at Dell supplier’s plant in China kills one worker, injures four others

“One person was killed and four were injured by a gas leak in eastern China at a factory owned by a supplier to Apple Inc., in the latest black eye to its supplier base there,” Aries Poon reports for The Wall Street Journal under the headline “Gas Leak at Apple Supplier’s Plant Kills 1.”

“Local authorities said on Friday that hydrogen sulfide gas had leaked from a liquid-waste treatment workshop at a factory in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou,” Poon reports. “The factory is owned by Taiwan-based Catcher Technology Co., a maker of metal casings that counts Apple and Dell Inc. among its major customers. Catcher spokesman James Wu said the leakage happened during ‘routine work,’ but didn’t have anything to do with production or raw materials.”

Poon reports, “Mr. Wu declined to say which clients source products from the plant, but added the company’s overall China operations haven’t been significantly affected by the incident as it ‘has sufficient flexibility at its other plants to cater to clients’ needs.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our headline is our commentary.

We will point out, however, that both the WSJ’s “Apple supplier” and our “Dell supplier” headlines are factually baseless, as the WSJ themselves clearly report that they do not know “which clients source products from the plant.” This, of course, did not prevent them from using “Apple Supplier” in their headline.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “John K.” for the heads up.]

16 Comments

  1. “The factory is owned by Taiwan-based Catcher Technology Co., a maker of metal casings that counts Apple and Dell Inc. among its major customers. Catcher spokesman James Wu said the leakage happened during ‘routine work,’ but didn’t have anything to do with production or raw materials.”

    How about:

    “Supplier of automobiles to Mitt Romney recalls 485,000 units due to sticking throttles!”

    Or:

    “Supplier of gasoline to Lady Gaga has blowout at drilling platform in Gulf of Mexico, killing 3 workers!”

  2. Even though you point it out AT THE END of your “story”, so nice of you to use someone’s death to try to score some points. So professional of you to lie, as you admit, in the headline you pushed in your RSS feed about a person dying to make a point. You’ve demonstrated quite clearly how much integrity you have, and you mean to call that of others into question by doing so? There IS such a thing as becoming your enemy by using their own tactics and you (admittedly, even) have just done it.

    MacDaily”News”, you should be ashamed.

    1. Dude, WTF?!

      Hey, MDN didn’t write the article that would be WSJ. Point your comments in the proper direction. In fact, I would point out that MDN’s is basically pointing out that the WSJ is just whoring itself and filling up space with shit, just for shit’s sake. What part of this tragedy needed to have Apple’s name connected to it exactly? How this writer connect those dots together is amazingly stupid. Kind-of like me saying that my 3rd cousin on my mothers, husband side, two generation past is related to Brett Favre’s first cousin, so we’re related.

      Get a life.

  3. If this news was about Apple, Greepeace would be saying something like: Apple contaminates the environment by releasing toxic gas into the atmosfere or Mike Daisy would be saying: See? I told you so! Another example of how Apple abuses their sweatshop slaves…!

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