Explosion at Pegatron Factory for Apple Products, Injuries Reported

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    Reuters reports that Apple's manufacturing partner Pegatron has acknowledged that a "small explosion" has occurred at one of its factories in Shanghai, China. The report notes that there have been some injuries as a result of the incident, but there are no reports of fatalities at this time.
    Pegatron has been a supplier for the CDMA iPhone 4 and has also been ramping up to begin adding to iPhone 4S capacity, with most of its production set to be focused on Asian distribution. There have also been claims that Pegatron is coming on board as a manufacturer for the iPad 3.

    The news is reminiscent of that regarding a May explosion at one of Foxconn's facilities where it worked on Apple products, including the iPad. That explosion killed three workers and injured well over a dozen others.

    Update: Reuters has updated its report to note that 61 workers were injured in the explosion and that the factory had not yet begun production. The facility is said to be planned to produce back panel parts for the iPad 2. Apple has also issued a statement on the situation:
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    I hope and pray no one's injuries were too serious.
     
  3. ironsienna, Dec 18, 2011
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    Damn.. that's so sad.. What is going on with these explosions lately? It starts looking suspicious..
     
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    I hope Apple steps up and compensates the workers that are injuried. Conditions in these Chinese factories are ridiculously unsafe and they are treated poorly.
     
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    This makes you wonder if someone in China does not like Apple.
     
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    It is possible, but in all likelihood, $*#& happens. It was probably some kind of accident or breakage of a machines causing the explosion.
     
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    I hope everybody is alright but more importantly so how will this effect iPhone supply demand? Jk
     
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    I don't know if there is someone in China that does not like Apple, I bet though that Apple will never build a factory in Korea… too close to Samsung..
     
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    That is what I thought for the first one. The second makes me wonder. I don't think making iStuff would require much risk of things going boom.
     
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    Never look for a conspiracy when something can be explained by stupidity or rushing on the part of management.

    It was probably caused by combustible dust, the same as happened to that iPad factory earlier this year.
     
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    I've never been to any of their iStuff factories so I don't know what they have in there. Do you?

    I would imagine they could have some volatile chemicals.
     
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    sorry, I do have compassion for those who are injured. but this is company that makes products for Apple, and many others. if you make a product that is used in 20 different other companies products and there is an accident in your factory... should all 20 companies pay to help out YOUR employees.
    If it was an apple store, with apple employees I would understand. But the company should take care of its employees and Apple should choose it vendors based on numerous factors. worker safety playing a big part.

    (sorry for the rant)

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    Happy Holidays to everyone else.
     
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    Two explosions and worker suicides at the same plant, is ridiculous. Apple can pull out of there at any time, yet they continue to give them business. These accidents and incidents make that plant and any company that does business with them look bad.
     
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    No they can't. Pulling out would cause huge production issues. And especially during this time of year, that's the last thing Apple needs, and the supplier as well.
     
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    Don't worry about explosions. Many, many hundred US workers die every year falling from step ladders.


    Well, maybe worry about explosions as well. According to http://dustexplosions.blogspot.com/ : "In 2008, information obtained through media reports indicated 200+ combustible dust related fires and explosions in the grain, manufacturing, utility, and non-manufacturing sectors in the United States."

    One explosion and suicides not at one plant, but at a company that employs about 800,000 people. Widely reported because that company builds stuff for Apple (and dozens of other, less interesting companies), but ignoring the fact that the suicide rate in the US population is about four times higher than the rate among Foxconn employees. And now one explosion at a different plant, when apparently there were 200 explosions in the USA in 2008 alone.


    Since you replied to a post that threw suicides into the discussion: If Apple pulled out from China, and ten thousands of Chinese people lost their jobs and livelihood, how many suicides would that cause?
     
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    Vent Radioactive gas

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    Venting prevents explosion

    "Venting prevents ex- plosh-ee-on. Fine. Vent the stupid gas."
     
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    What is going on is that you aren't noticing the dust explosions and many many deaths from other industrial accidents that are going on right in your own country. Why the ignorance?
     
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    this shouldnt be page 2
     
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    First and formost, I hope everyone is OK.
     
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    Part magical beast Pegasus, part computer wizard TRON, we are Pegatron!
     
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    Absolutely tragic. Horrific...

    So...when are they gonna get back to work and crank out my iPad 3? I'm an American, Damnit!!!
     
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    100% safety is an illusion, no company has a 100% safety record, whether it is in China the UK or the US.
    Thats a sad fact of life, accidents do happen although they can do a lot to prevent them but eventually people die in such huge companies.
    Those factories are I think as safe as the ones in the US.
     
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    Actually I disagree.
    The plant can refuse to make Apple products for Apple if they choose to. It's them who said yes to working with Apple. it's not up to Apple to make sure the sub-contracted workers in the plant are safe and happy. it's the job of the company that hired them to make sure of this.
     

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