Foxconn installs anti-suicide nets at factories

5 August 2010

foxconnTaiwanese electronics giant,  Hon Hai Precision Industry Company aka Foxconn, is installing "anti-jumping nets" at many of its facilities throughout mainland China in a bid to stop potential suicides. It has been widely-reported that a number of workers had attempted suicides, leaving 10 dead. Grim.

According to the article in Xinhua’s International Herald Leader, safety nets have been put in place on almost all Foxconn buildings as they try to prevent workers from jumping off roofs at the company's mobile phone plant in the city of Langfang. Foxconn have declined to comment.

The suicides saw Foxconn coming in for intense scrutiny and many began to question the management methods and working conditions. The company raised monthly pay for assembly workers considerably, but stated that this was nothing to do with the suicides. Of course, Foxconn assemble almost 70% of iPhones and iPads for Apple which has seen Steve Jobs coming under fire from the media.

[BoingBoing]

TOPICS:   Technology

11 comments

  • Nobby
    I'm sure they can find some other work-related suicide method, evening if it is hanging themselves in the toilets.
  • Nobby
    even not evening
  • Jonny S.
    The main producer of Apple's mobile devices have workers committing suicide...LOL!
  • morefacts
    What you haven't mentioned is that the main reason for the suicides is this: A worker committed suicide from the factory roof, because of the questions being asked the company paid the "victims" family, i think it was about a years salary. So then lots of other people started committing suicide to get their family the cash.
  • Amanda H.
    The nets will be installed wrong, and then they'll have to put some sort of bumper on them. At the same time they will be making statements "Blackberry workers kill themselves too".....
  • Amanda H.
    @morefacts It puts our "had an accident at work?" culture to shame.
  • -]
    morefacts, why haven't you considered WHY someone would end their life just so their family can get a "about a years salary". People don't just en masse suicide for a "years salary". Pay and conditions are awful, and for some people it is the only way they can see to guarantee an income for their family. Fuck the nets, start paying a liveable wage!
  • Alex
    Foxconn has 800,000 employees in mainland China. Thats a suicide rate of one death per 80,000. The average suicide rate in China as a whole is 12 per 80,000 (per WHO). Looks like working at Foxconn prolongs your life!
  • Another B.
    [...] seems that the suicides are continuing at Foxconn, the Chinese factory where Apple products are made. What’s more, they’re becoming more and more [...]
  • Apple B.
    [...] concerning chemicals used in logo production while another touches on the spate of suicides and reports of maltreatment at Foxconn’s plant in Shenzhen, China. Apple met with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, which resulted in the [...]
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