Apple iPad 2 supplier factory explosion injures 61 workers

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riteng.jpgAn explosion at Shanghai’s Riteng Computer Accessory Company factory has left 61 workers injured, 23 of whom have been hospitalised with burns.

The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon, with the factory in the middle of a trial production run of aluminium back panels for Apple’s iPad 2 tablet.

“Our hearts go out to the people who were hurt in Songjiang. We are working closely with Pegatron to understand the cause of this accident,” said spokeswoman Carolyn Wu.

The incident is the latest in a long string that underlines the poor working conditions that many Chinese factory workers endure in order for us to enjoy our techy items. Another explosion back in the Spring at Apple’s Foxconn factory resulted in the death of a worker, and was attributed to poor extraction systems for a combustible aluminium dust, an easily prevented disaster.

Via: Reuters

Gerald Lynch