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A Third Employee Dies From Foxconn Explosion

Last week a tragic explosion occurred inside Foxconn's Chengdu manufacturing plant. An initial statement from Foxconn confirmed that there were two dead and 16 other employees injured.

Now Foxconn has released an updated statement on the situation, confirming a third death as a result of injuries sustained during the incident.

Statement from Foxconn Technology Group Update on the Tragic Accident at Foxconn Technology Group's Hongfujin Precision Electronics (Chengdu) Co. Facility Foxconn can confirm that, sadly, a third employee has died from injuries from the May 20 explosion at one of the polishing workshops at our company's Hongfujin Precision Electronics (Chengdu) Co. Ltd. facility in Chengdu. Fifteen other employees were injured in that accident and six of those employees have been treated and released from the hospital. Foxconn is working with medical professionals and the local government to ensure that all of the injured employees receive the highest quality medical treatment. Our condolences go out to the families of the deceased employees and they are being given the full support of the company. Our thoughts are also with the injured employees and their families who are also being given the full support of our company at this very difficult time. The cause of this tragic accident is still being investigated by a joint investigation task force led by government officials and law enforcement authorities, but that task force has communicated initial findings that the accident was caused by an explosion of combustible dust in a duct. Foxconn is cooperating fully with all relevant government bodies to carry out a full investigation into the specific root cause of the accident and the company is taking all necessary actions to ensure the safety of employees at this and all other production facilities. All operations at the affected workshop remain suspended and production at all other workshops that carry out similar processing functions have also been halted pending the results of the investigation into the cause of the Chengdu accident. All other production operations in our facilities in China continue operating normally. Foxconn Technology Group will provide updates on this tragic accident as information becomes available.

The explosion happened at the A05 building of the Chengdu campus, which was one of the sites where Foxconn was building iPad 2 for Apple.