Foxconn Employee Commits Suicide After iPad 2 Factory Explosion [Breaking]

Foxconn Employee Commits Suicide After iPad 2 Factory Explosion [Breaking]

Foxconn’s public relations issues have just collided. A week after an explosion rocked Foxconn’s iPad 2 production facility in Chengdu, China, an employee of that facility has committed suicide.

We don’t have many details right now, except that the worker — a 20 year old male — leaped from a building in the Chengdu City facility today.

It’s unknown whether or not the employee’s suicide was a reaction to the explosion on May 20th that killed three people and injured dozens more, or if it’s unrelated. Given the pressures of the subsequent investigation, in which Foxconn higher-ups are looking to assign blame, and the state of sadness and mourning that must exist right now at the Chengdu facility, both possibilities seem likely.

Foxconn’s problems with worker suicide have become a PR nightmare for the iPhone and iPad maker, and they have taken agfressive steps to stem the loss of life, including mandating that workers sign an “anti-suicide pledge.” The suicide at Chengdu today would be the first suicide since the pledge was put into effect.

More details as we get them.

  • Imp

    An Anti-Suicide Pledge? A piece of paper?

    How about something that doesn’t cost 0.5 Cents? Like a Psych Evaluation?

  • Imp

    P.S. You’d think after all the crap Foxconn has been given, and seeing how much Apple cares about the Environment (products are environmentally friendly….) they’d care a teeny tiny bit more about who actually develops the products?

    That just maybe, after ALL the issues with Foxconn Apple would be bothered to spend a little more and have this manufactured somewhere more civilized? >.>

  • Another unsubscriber

    “It’s unknown whether or not the employee’s suicide was a reaction to the
    explosion on May 20th that killed three people and injured dozens more,
    or if it’s unrelated.”

    So get rid of the rhetoric in the headline. Brownlee, you dolt.

  • Dan1400

    I think its time for apple to look for a different factory to make their products. They should probably find one that treats its employees with respect and dignity. 

  • fortninety

    Hey, if people are still gonna buy their products, despite all the negative news, why should Apple (or any other party that uses Foxconn) change?

    Sad, but that’s the way of business…

  • Imp

    The problem is the people that don’t know, so they just keep buying the products regardless of whatever Apple does to have them manufactured.

    “Ignorance is bliss.” Yeah, bliss for Apple sales.

  • CharliK

    There’s not even proof that that particular building at anything to do with any Apple products, much less the ipad. Apparently it was one of several polishing centers and could have been anything. 

    Once upon a time this was a site worth reading for actual news, not hit foddering gossip. Can I please have that CoM back. 

  • Danielsw

    So what are you waiting for? E-mail Steve! I’m sure he’ll appreciate your brilliant idea!

  • Danielsw

    The only thing sad about this are the idiots who committed suicide. Cowards.

  • Ndh_mashfn

    Who cares? Find some real news please. No more liberal bias Foxconn crap.

  • Cs1500

    The Chinese may “own” the world now but this goes to show they have no quality of life!

  • Shaun

    Disgraceful comment. You’re the f****** idiot.

  • akri

    What I don’t get is how can that be a reaction to an explosion?? Unless he was guilty…….

  • Chris Malone

    Sure it is a little, but there is no life after this one. So you leave this one to black nothingness and you take the easy way out instead of trying to solve the problem.

  • Support 18inc

    Wait, were they not supposed to have installed anti-suicide nets?

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    I think the headline should read:  Apple product assembly induces Foxconn workers to commit suicide.

    Everything bad that happens at the Foxconn complex, Apple seems to be held directly responsible for.  The articles never focus on the part where thousands of jobs are being created for unskilled Chinese citizens.  This is the main reason why Apple intends to start production down in Brazil.  The employees will hold up better to the strain of building Apple products.  Chinese workers tend to be a bit oversensitive to working long hours.  I’m still a bit puzzled why they don’t just quit the job instead of committing suicide.  I’m sure they’re not indentured workers.

  • trrosen

    Does anybody blame Wal-mart when one of their employees commits suicide?

  • trrosen

    Statistically over 150 us Wal-Mart employees commit suicide each year. The federal government well over 200.

  • Wirehedd

    that’s better than bullshit right wing garbage and lies.

  • Fred Gates

    Apple should do better:

    http://rehistoric.wordpress.co

  • Ndh_mashfn

    Apple sucks anyway. Bunch of liberal, hippy burned-out bus dwellers.

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Here’s a brilliant idea take Steve’s cock out of your mouth

  • iHate_Is_Back

    fuck off and die asshole

  • iHate_Is_Back

    how stupid can you be, wtf does it matter what product they were making at the time of the explosion it still doesn’t let Apple off the hook for doing business with a sweatshop whore.

  • iHate_Is_Back

    fuck off and die bitch

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Shove your bullshit up your ass. Those workers are being worked to the bone for next to nothing and once Brazilian production starts Foxxconn will try and do the same. Here’s hoping the Brazilian people use their heads and burn the sweatshop to the ground. I hope your shares plummet and you wind up jumping out of a window

    Primitive fool

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Oh golly gee father Flanigan my apologies for the language. Excuse me while I wash my mouth out with soap. In the meantime feel free to continue reading even more articles involving explosions and suicides. Here’s a little advice, try not to read the comments section. The less then stellar comments made by brain dead iSheep and Fandroids will make you want to reaccess the overall intelligence of the human race.

  • iHate_Is_Back

    And what exactly is wrong with being a hippy? Some of the tenant beliefs of hippies “make love not war, treat your fellow man with the same respect you give yourself, there’s no weapon more dangerous then the written word when it’s wielded with the hand of truth” sounds to me like the hippies have a clearer vision how the world should be run then the brain dead poptarts who come on here.

  • CharliK

    There is no proof that Foxconn is violating the labor laws for the country they are in. Just because you don’t like those laws doesn’t make them a sweatshop etc. 

    ANd guess what, if you don’t like who they do business with, don’t do business with them. It’s easy. 

    And while you are at it, stop aggravating yourself reading articles on a site about a company you don’t care about. 

  • MohamedBouazizi

    They are effectively wage slaves. Things are pretty bleak for many workers here in China as it is for many others around the world. There are no union rights either.

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