Exec Confronts Suicides, After Which Another Employee Dies

After months and months of Foxconn employees dying, the company's CEO finally addressed the issue. And then, another Foxconn worker fell to his death.

That makes ten deaths this year — nine by falling out of windows or off buildings and one apparently beaten to death. (Two more employees were injured in failed suicide attempts, reports news service Xinhuanet.)

Guo Tai-ming, Foxconn's CEO, told reporters that the company is not a "sweatshop" and admitted that it is not easy managing all 800,000 employees.

Hours later, another Foxconn employee, a 19 year-old male, plunged to his death. He had only worked at the Shenzhen plant for 42 days. It is not confirmed whether he jumped or fell from the Foxconn facility.

Foxconn is the largest electronics manufacturer in the world. Its China-based factories churn out iPods, iPads, iPhones, Kindles, PS2s, PS3s, Wiis and Xbox 360s.

Foxconn's CEO Talks For First Time About Suicides, As 11th Employee Jumps [Gizmodo]


    I'll start to worry when iPods, iPads, iPhones, Kindles, PS2s, PS3s, Wiis and Xbox 360s come out in a red version that the red flakes away.

    Why don't they just seal up the windows?


      Just put bars in the windows -so they can't escape... er, ... I mean "cause harm to themselves or others".

    Given I own at least one of almost all those devices I suddenly feel very bad.

    I'd always assumed some autonomous assembly line somewhere did most of the work. Not 800,000 freaking people who keep accidentally falling out windows.

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