24 Feb '11, 1pm

China workers poisoned at iPhone factory: They were exposed to a toxic chemical agent known as n-hexane, which w...

China workers poisoned at iPhone factory: They were exposed to a toxic chemical agent known as n-hexane, which w...

People crowd outside a factory owned by Wintek. An official from Wintek Corp said that 127 workers were poisoned at the factory in Suzhou, China. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TAIPEI - MORE than 130 workers at a Chinese factory making touch screens for Apple iPhones were poisoned by a toxic chemical in 2009, the Taiwanese company said on Thursday. Labour activists have previously raised concerns about conditions in Chinese factories producing iPhones, arguing that employees endure long hours, low pay and high pressure. In the latest revelation, an official from Wintek Corp told AFP that 137 workers were poisoned at the factory in China's eastern Suzhou city in 2009. The official, who declined to be named, said that 'one worker still needs regular outpatient clinic diagnosis and care' but that others were no longer receiving medical attention. They were exposed to a toxic chemical agen...

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