Another death at Foxconn factory

Death raises more questions about working conditions

The working practices of Foxconn, one of Apple's suppliers in China, is about to come under fresh scrutiny following the apparent suicide of one of its employees

There has been yet another death at a factory run by Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturing company used by Apple to make its popular iPhone handsets. The 21-year-old man, a migrant worker, is said to have fallen from the sixth floor of a dormitory at the company’s Shenzhen facility, in Guangdong Province, Southern China.

The news comes almost a year after another Foxconn employee committed suicide by jumping and will once again raise questions around the company's working practices.

Last year Foxconn said it was in the midst of reviewing the amount of overtime its employees could take and increasing their pay. The Chinese corporation also said it was to look into building factories closer to the homes of migrant workers.

However, bosses claim the death could not have been related to work stress as the man had only worked two hours overtime and had been with the company for less than two months.

The response from Apple and other tech companies which uses Foxconn will be telling. Apple was said to be furious about the conditions in the company’s Chinese factories last year and this latest incident will no doubt pave the way for more ire.

Via Reuters