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Two workers were killed in a large explosion Friday at a Foxconn manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China, that assembles Apple's iPad 2. Apple has issued a statement acknowledging that it will look into the matter.

Updated:Following the incident, Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the company is investigating what happened, Reuters reports. "We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Foxconn plant in Chengdu and our hearts go out to the victims and their families," he said. "We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event."

Two people are confirmed dead and another 16 are injured, including three seriously, a statement from the Chengdu Municipal government said, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government also claimed that foul play was not involved in the incident.

The explosion occurred in a Foxconn "polishing plant" around 7 p.m. Foxconn is the overseas manufacturing partner of Apple.

TV reports from China show black smoke billowing from the facility as chaos unfolds in the streets. And MIC Gadget relayed a first-hand account, where more than 10 fire engines, ambulances and 10 police cars were spotted.

Reports out of China have said that the explosion occurred at Foxconn's building "A5," which is where the iPad 2 is allegedly produced.

Foxconn's assembly factories in China have been the subject of much criticism, and Apple was even forced to make a public statement last year after a number of suicides occurred at the main Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China.



Apple conducts an annual audit of its overseas partners and their factories. This year, that audit found one facility in the Far East that employed 42 underage workers, prompting Apple to terminate business with the facility.

Foxconn has also struggled meet demand for the hot-selling iPad 2. Earlier this month, a report from the Far East claimed that Foxconn has experienced a shortage of both labor and materials at its plants in Chengdu, China -- the same city where Friday's explosion occurred.
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iPads are explosive? Glad I don't have one.

I love my Mac.

Seriously dude? People die and are critically injured, that is some funny stuff...

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iPads are explosive? Glad I don't have one.

I love my Mac.

Totally inappropriate comment considering the loss of life. You should be ashamed of yourself.
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China news is reporting the injuries were a result of a secondary dust explosion. If so, the atmosphere inside the plant already have been pretty hazardous.
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iPads are explosive? Glad I don't have one.

I love my Mac.

Arsehole.
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China news is reporting the injuries were a result of a secondary dust explosion. If so, the atmosphere inside the plant already have been pretty hazardous.

Same thing has been known to happen in grain silos in the Midwest US. There are many such hazardous environments in an industrial facility. The key is to try to prevent any ignition source. Dust in and of itself is not necessarily an indication of any improper manufacturing methods.

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Since I am unable to ever find an article that EVER mentions any other technology company other than Apple that contracts their work to Foxconn, EVER. I'll just have to assume that this sad tragedy is Apple's fault.
Clearly.
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iPads are explosive? Glad I don't have one.

I love my Mac.

Typical and expected troll behavior. With idiots like this hiding behind the shields of their monitors in cyberspace, is it any wonder that civil discourse has evaporated these days?

Truly sad and unfortunate.
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iPads are explosive? Glad I don't have one.

I love my Mac.

Aflac, Aflac.
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I just like how the workers that have masks on for the smoke, break out their cigarettes...
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Same thing has been known to happen in grain silos in the Midwest US. There are many such hazardous environments in an industrial facility. The key is to try to prevent any ignition source. Dust in and of itself is not necessarily an indication of any improper manufacturing methods.

Exactly. Things like sawdust and even powdered sugar have been known to cause fires and explosions under the right circumstances.

I feel badly for those injured and killed in this.

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Since I am unable to ever find an article that EVER mentions any other technology company other than Apple that contracts their work to Foxconn, EVER. I'll just have to assume that this sad tragedy is Apple's fault.
Clearly.

Dude, seriously? There is this really cool thing called an "internet search engine" that can produce some pretty interesting results. For instance, I was able to dig up this customer list in less than 15 seconds:

Clients

Foxconn makes consumer electronics for a number of well-known companies, including:
Apple Inc. (United States)[19][5][20]
Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
Amazon.com (United States)
Asus (Taiwan)
Intel (United States)
Cisco (United States)
Hewlett-Packard (United States)[21][20]
Dell (United States)
Nintendo (Japan)
Nokia (Finland)[19]
Microsoft (United States)
Sony (Japan)
Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)[20]
Samsung (Korea)
Vizio (United States)


Unfrigginbelievable...
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Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post

China news is reporting the injuries were a result of a secondary dust explosion. If so, the atmosphere inside the plant already have been pretty hazardous.

Well... No. Not necessarily. Keyword "secondary". It sort of sounds like perhaps a building-wide dust collection unit exploded, and then all the dust that then filled the air, ignited.
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China news is reporting the injuries were a result of a secondary dust explosion. If so, the atmosphere inside the plant already have been pretty hazardous.

It apparently happened during a shift change also. That's one often of the most hazardous times because of communication breakdowns between leaving/arriving shifts and turning equipment on and off etc.

I see no reason to assume that Apple has anything to do with this or even that hazardous conditions at the plant were involved but you know the media will be playing that card for the two or three weeks it takes to find out that they are wrong. By then no one will remember anything but "Apple killed workers at a plant," or some such nonsense.
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Dude, seriously? There is this really cool thing called an "internet search engine" that can produce some pretty interesting results. For instance, I was able to dig up this customer list in less than 15 seconds:

Clients

Foxconn makes consumer electronics for a number of well-known companies, including:
Apple Inc. (United States)[19][5][20]
Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
Amazon.com (United States)
Asus (Taiwan)
Intel (United States)
Cisco (United States)
Hewlett-Packard (United States)[21][20]
Dell (United States)
Nintendo (Japan)
Nokia (Finland)[19]
Microsoft (United States)
Sony (Japan)
Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)[20]
Samsung (Korea)
Vizio (United States)


Unfrigginbelievable...

I friggn know that dude.
I know the names of the companies who contract Foxconn.
What the hell does that have to do with my point about it never being mentioned in any articles that concern Foxconn? hmm?

Unfrigginbelievable, indeed.
post #16 of 89
I don't think there was anyone implicating Apple. It was an explosion at a plant that by happenstance served as an iPad polishing room. And thus the likely source of the reported dust IMHO.
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I friggn know that dude.
I know the names of the companies who contract Foxconn.
What the hell does that have to do with my point about it never being mentioned in any articles that concern Foxconn? hmm?

Then please explain why you felt compelled to state the following, and I quote:

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Since I am unable to ever find an article that EVER mentions any other technology company other than Apple that contracts their work to Foxconn, EVER. I'll just have to assume that this sad tragedy is Apple's fault.
Clearly.

I found an article in 15 seconds, so there is no lack of information out there.

I think we're all a tad confused about your motivations for making this statement.
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I don't think there was anyone implicating Apple. It was an explosion at a plant that by happenstance served as an iPad polishing room. And thus the likely source of the reported dust IMHO.

Understand that you are reading a report from a translation from probably a second or third hand account.

With that in mind, consider that "polishing" may have little to do with the end product.

For example, when I hear "polishing" in an manufacturing context, I don't think "soft towel and cleaner", I think "fuel polishing" or more generically "input polishing" where inputs into the manufacturing process are purified.
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Then please explain why you felt compelled to state the following, and I quote:



I found an article in 15 seconds, so there is no lack of information out there.

I think we're all a tad confused about your motivations for making this statement.




I believe it's called being sarcastic, or even facetious...
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Same thing has been known to happen in grain silos in the Midwest US. There are many such hazardous environments in an industrial facility. The key is to try to prevent any ignition source. Dust in and of itself is not necessarily an indication of any improper manufacturing methods.

My thoughts exactly -- watch this:

Grain Silo Explosion Demo
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I believe it's called being sarcastic, or even facetious...

It's one thing to troll for (badly needed) attention. It's another thing completely when people are losing their lives in a highly unfortunate incident and to make flippant jokes about the situation...
post #22 of 89
And I was hoping to be able to get a ipod2 some time this year!!
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It's too bad about the deaths, but less than a week after the Challenger disaster and the Columbia too the jokes were flying. It's just our way of dealing sometimes. Give them a break for once.
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Same thing has been known to happen in grain silos in the Midwest US. There are many such hazardous environments in an industrial facility. The key is to try to prevent any ignition source. Dust in and of itself is not necessarily an indication of any improper manufacturing methods.

True, but uncontained dust is a problem.
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And the jokers here are dealing with what? Their overwhelming sense of loss? Jokes at the first mention of disaster simply means to me that the person has no empathy, only the self is important. If it's so important to be the funny guy in the room, there's lots of things to make jokes about rather than someone else's grief.

Just more enabling by anonymity. That's all I'll have to say about it.
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True, but uncontained dust is a problem.

Sure but there are practical limits to achieving an acceptable solution. You can realistically provide a 90% safety solution but as you approach a theoretical 100% safety, the cost goes off the charts.

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post #27 of 89
Two dead? Many more injured?
Camel time. Marlboro moment.
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Derp derp derp derp derp derp derp! For more, see above... and probably below.
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A sad accident no doubt, but great advances come with great sacrifices sometimes. Tens of thousands of people died building the Panama Canal, just as an example. To put it in perspective, a few people having died working on a revolutionary device such as the iPad is a small price to pay for such a breakthrough technological product. There are dangers in any business and Foxconn is a huge place. I'm sure that they'll look into what happened so that the chances of something similar happening will be minimized in the future. The show must go on and neither rain, sleet, snow, suicide or accidental death will change that.
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Ag, this is sad. Poor people.
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Totally inappropriate comment considering the loss of life. You should be ashamed of yourself.

If enough of us report the post as disruptive and vile maybe the management will ban him for good. This individual joined only a couple of months ago so he could be the sock puppet of a previously banned loser.
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If enough of us report the post as disruptive and vile maybe the management will ban him for good. This individual joined only a couple of months ago so he could be the sock puppet of a previously banned loser.

I've been out of the loop, but if he's another sock puppet then I can nuke the account.
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I've been out of the loop, but if he's another sock puppet then I can nuke the account.

If Steve Jobs suddenly departs this earth I hope you will be ready for the onslaught of guys like this.
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If you cared about the people, you wouldn't buy the products to being with. China has deplorable working conditions. Humans are treated worse then dirt. The slightly cheaper price you pay comes at the cost of others misery.

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Seriously dude? People die and are critically injured, that is some funny stuff...
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Let me get this straight... blah blah blah

Babies. All of you. Nothing but little babies.

a baby is someone who goes to an apple oriented board and says stupid shit to an audience that will not be able to help themselves in replying to your idiocy you somehow believe is intelligent thought.

Then you attain super baby status with your mock poutrage over your dumb ass post getting deleted.

why not go somewhere on the internet where you can fit in?
post #36 of 89
That's pretty sad. Where I live people die in mining accidents every year. Also construction, usually there is at least one person dies while building a big skyscraper. Electronics manufacture you would think would be safer but not perfectly safe. I hope the company gives their families some kind of payment (obviously that won't replace the loved one but may ease other stresses during a time of loss).
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Then please explain why you felt compelled to state the following, and I quote:



I found an article in 15 seconds, so there is no lack of information out there.

I think we're all a tad confused about your motivations for making this statement.

Really? you found an article about Foxconn that specifically lists the other companies besides Apple, that Foxconn contracts for. "An" article? You show me that article; I'll show you 1000 that portray foxconn as being virtually a "branch" of Apple Inc., with Apple being (indirectly) responsible for suicides, slave labor, and squalid conditions. (and just give it a couple days, They'll be "responsible" for this tragedy as well)
I'll make it simple for you: forget your "google machine" just do a search for "foxconn" on this website we're on; or MacDaily news, 9to5, MacNN; Hell, just search Macsurfer.com. Search Bloomberg, CNN, BBC, CBS.
And then show me how many articles on Foxconn start or include something akin to:
"in todays news: Foxconn; contract manufacturer for Dell, Sony, Nokia, and Apple, among others... blah blah."
I'll wait your 15 seconds.
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A sad accident no doubt, but great advances come with great sacrifices sometimes. Tens of thousands of people died building the Panama Canal, just as an example. To put it in perspective, a few people having died working on a revolutionary device such as the iPad is a small price to pay for such a breakthrough technological product. There are dangers in any business and Foxconn is a huge place. I'm sure that they'll look into what happened so that the chances of something similar happening will be minimized in the future. The show must go on and neither rain, sleet, snow, suicide or accidental death will change that.

I must say in my opinion if as little as 1 life is lost, that is way to much of a price to pay, just so we can play with are new shiny little toys, but I understand thing like this happen and there is notting we can do, but feel sorry for their families and the loss of life. Sad Very Sad.
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Foxconn's assembly factories in China have been the subject of much criticism, and Apple was even forced to make a public statement last year after a number of suicides occurred at the main Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China.

Lazyass journalism. Ever consider comparing the suicide rate as reported at Foxconn to the state you live in?

Because I live in one of many states with a suicide rate higher than any of the Foxconn "towns".

Ignorance is no excuse.
post #40 of 89
I hope that no safety shortcuts were taken in order to increase iPad production.
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