Over the weekend apparently there was an explosion at the Pegatron plant in Shanghai, China, the firm that makes the Apple iPad, and word has it that 61 workers at the plant where injured with 23 of those injured workers ending up being hospitalised, and again highlights the concerns over safety in factories in China.
According to a report by Reuters, this latest explosion is the third explosion in the last fifteen months at Chinese Apple supplier factories with Apple’s top manufacturing partner, Hon Hai Precision having two such incidents at their China factories this year.
Back in May an explosion at a Foxconn plant in western China that produced the Apple iPad 2 saw 15 workers injured along with 3 workers being killed.
The Pegatron factory is expected to produce Apple iPad 2 back panels, and although the company declined to name their customer, a source “with knowledge of the matter,” stated that the factory would be used to produce Apple products.
However, according to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, any risk to the explosion disrupting the Apple supply chain is minimal, and commented, “It’s a setback but it’s relatively minor.”
Wu also stated that Pengatron is a 3rd-tier Apple supplier. Apple is apparently investigating the cause of the Pegatron explosion, although will no doubt have no effect on Pegatorn continuing to deliver Apple components.
With all the commotion over Apple’s Chinese suppliers, many seeing workers injured or killed, perhaps it’s time Apple told them to clean up their act and make sure their workers are safe otherwise they will lose their contracts to product Apple gear, maybe that would force these companies to look after their staff better.
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