Explosion at Apple parts plant in China injures 61 workers

An explosion in a plant in Shanghai, China owned by Pegatron Corp has reportedly injured 61 workers over the weekend. Reuters reports that the explosion at the facility, owned by Pegatron subsidiary Riteng Computer Accessory Co, caused 23 of the plant's workers to be hospitalized. While not confirmed by Pegatron, the plant was reportedly set up, at least in part, to make the back panel for Apple's iPad 2 tablet.

The plant itself was not yet fully operational when the explosion occurred. There's no word yet on what might have caused the incident. None of the worker's injuries are expected to be life threatening, according to the report. An Apple spokesperson is quoted as saying, "Our hearts go out to the people who were hurt in Songjiang. We are working closely with Pegatron to understand the cause of this accident."

This is just the latest incident involving tech-based manufacturing facilities in China to cause injuries to its workers. In May, an explosion at a Foxconn plant located in Chengdu, China killed three of the plant's workers and also injured 15 others. The plant was reportedly making parts for the iPad 2 and it went back into operation in early June; Foxconn also had a number of its workers committing suicide at its plants in 2010.

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This is what happens when you don't have gov't regulation on standard of safety.
This is why over the past 10 years over 45,000 factories in the US have closed. Its not because they weren't selling product, its because safety regulations make making stuff costly.

That's why its cheaper to product stuff in other countries, mostly Asian ones. There is no regard to safety, and its cheaper because there is a serious lack of it. and if someone gets hurt or even dies, the company who contracted you, doesn't have to pay out any liability money.

Profits at the sake of human life, strikes again.
Imagine if there was so regulation in the US?

TechieXP said,
This is what happens when you don't have gov't regulation on standard of safety.
This is why over the past 10 years over 45,000 factories in the US have closed. Its not because they weren't selling product, its because safety regulations make making stuff costly.

That's why its cheaper to product stuff in other countries, mostly Asian ones. There is no regard to safety, and its cheaper because there is a serious lack of it. and if someone gets hurt or even dies, the company who contracted you, doesn't have to pay out any liability money.

Profits at the sake of human life, strikes again.
Imagine if there was so regulation in the US?

Don't blame the companies, blame the consumers who demand $500 laptops and then the businesses have no other option but look for a country where they can cut corners to the extreme. Idiotic consumers wanting cheaper and cheaper products whilst ignoring how those products become cheap in the first place - but hey, having open eyes on the whole system is something the average Joe or Jane Sixpack have little time in whilst they go down the road to purchase more crap (they don't 'need') at Walmart whilst whining that Walmart threatens small business survival.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Don't blame the companies, blame the consumers who demand $500 laptops and then the businesses have no other option but look for a country where they can cut corners to the extreme. Idiotic consumers wanting cheaper and cheaper products whilst ignoring how those products become cheap in the first place - but hey, having open eyes on the whole system is something the average Joe or Jane Sixpack have little time in whilst they go down the road to purchase more crap (they don't 'need') at Walmart whilst whining that Walmart threatens small business survival.

I tend to agree with what you are saying...except, that in apples case, their product is still overpriced. So its not like they moved their operations overseas for their customers, but rather for their bottom line.

you're building it wrong. /s

No surprise here, if the finished product explodes, stands to reason the individual components will too.

Hmmm, you know, a more informative title would be "Explosion at Pegatron plant in China injures 61 workers".
Then again I guess Pegatron doesn't generate quite as many page views eh? You would never use the title "Explosion at HTC parts plant in China injures 61 workers"...

Meh...

Leonick said,
Hmmm, you know, a more informative title would be "Explosion at Pegatron plant in China injures 61 workers".
Then again I guess Pegatron doesn't generate quite as many page views eh? You would never use the title "Explosion at HTC parts plant in China injures 61 workers"...

Meh...

Pegatron is not as big as Apple in terms of brand recognition. So to make it more simple the article was names was it is.

djdanster said,
Pegatron is not as big as Apple in terms of brand recognition. So to make it more simple the article was names was it is.

Here is the problem, "Explosion at Apple Parts plan in China injures 61 workers" insinuates that the factory is owned by Apple which it is not.

Saex_Conroy said,
funny how there is no production in EU and NA
Can't reap in as much profit since they can't exploit workers in the west.

Xerax said,
Can't reap in as much profit since they can't exploit workers in the west.

that ...

western people tend to require more while easterns are fine with the smallest

Well, goes to show that iPad2 is an explosive gadget .. same with the iPhone 4(s) and the not released 5 and 3..... /sarcasm

I wonder why, making plastic (or metal backplate) does not warrant explosive processes (might be wrong though)

zeta_immersion said,
Well, goes to show that iPad2 is an explosive gadget .. same with the iPhone 4(s) and the not released 5 and 3..... /sarcasm

I wonder why, making plastic (or metal backplate) does not warrant explosive processes (might be wrong though)

Could have been a chemical explosion. Doesn't take very much to make that happen. Possibly an explosion as a result of a pressure system. Metal and plastics are both formed using heat in most cases.

ILikeTobacco said,

Could have been a chemical explosion. Doesn't take very much to make that happen. Possibly an explosion as a result of a pressure system. Metal and plastics are both formed using heat in most cases.


Indeed. It's not like explosions are normally involved in the manufacturing.
It could be a container with flammable chemical or a pressure system like ILikaeTobacco said.
Or, as it has been before in plants like these, a dust explosion.