China Factory Workers Claim Poisoning from Apple Products

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Workers in an unnamed factory in China claim they were poisoned by the chemicals used in building Apple products. The employees are apparently being treated for exposure to n-hexane vapors while building iPhones and laptop computers, according to the Australian Broadcast Corporation.

The employees that are suffering from n-hexane exposure have been receiving treatment in Suzhou’s Number Five People’s Hospital for the past six months.

Sick workers in China think Apple is to blame.

The workers claim they were building products for Apple and even had some of the Apple logos they had been gluing to product cases. Apple, however, hasn’t confirmed it is contracting work in the area the patients are from.

Apple dealt with n-hexane issues earlier this year when employees from Wintek, the company that builds iPhone touch screens, fell ill. Apple imposed stricter health and safety requirements as part of its contract with the company and Wintek has since stopped using the chemical.

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Comments

Tiger

Enough. Bring manufacturing back to this country and redistribute the balance of trade. The US used to make products. Now we just buy products that others get sick of/from making.

TaliesinSoft

I’ve long advocated what I’ve called a “balance of trade” tax. In essence this would place a tax on imported goods from any country based upon the shortage between what we buy from that country and what they buy from us. The objective is that any country would place themselves in the best position by buying from us merchandise equal in value to what we buy from them.

Lee Dronick

“Sick workers in China think Apple is to blame.”

They may think that, but I don’t think that Apple specified that n-hexane be used in manufacturing. That decision, and/or the decision not take proper precautions was made by factory management.

Great graphic Jeff.

geoduck

They may think that, but I don?t think that Apple specified that n-hexane be used in manufacturing. That decision, and/or the decision not take proper precautions was made by factory management.

I would find it rather amusing if it came out that the factory was making bogus “Apple” products.

Lee Dronick

I would find it rather amusing if it came out that the factory was making bogus ?Apple? products.

Then they could sue Fake Steve Jobs smile

You could be on to something with the possibility of fake Apple products.

MacKeeper_fan_Mod

I can’t understand where somebody sees a problem. Every day millions of Chinese suffer on dangerous and unhealthy works and they don’t say anything ‘cause they don’t want to lose their job. If one narrow-eyed catches illness or dies, the employer find hundred of yellow-faced who wants to work and get money.
I think that all scandal is made by journalists, they can do anything if this brings them profit.

Socrates

I heard on the radio a little while ago that there might be more to this than just vapors from some solvent they’re using to clean the screen, and that’s why they’re delaying the release of the white iphone 4. What if iphones are emitting some kind of poison vapor or radiation that is concentrated in the factories but still being emitted after delivery. That’s the problem with manufacturing overseas. If they can produce poinson baby food and send it to us they can certainly produce poison iphones.

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