Foxconn's India plant shut after gas leak, 150 employees taken ill

25 Jul

After suiciding employees in China, Foxconn’s latest tryst with trouble took place on Friday in its India plant located at Sunkuvar Chattiram near Sriperumbudur, a suburb of Chennai. Over 150 workers were taken ill after they inhaled what is alleged to be insecticide fumes. According to news reports, Foxconn had decided to reopen a unit – Unit III – that was lying shut for over six months and had got the unit fumigated with insecticides before commencing operations.



Apparently, workers who reported to work at 2.30 pm on Friday complained of giddiness and eight of them fainted. As more workers complained of unease, they were admitted to a local hospital. Over 150 workers were treated at the hospital.



The management has since shut all its units at the plant with workers protesting, asking for the management to check all units before commencing operations. The management hopes to resume operations on Monday.



What’s alarming, however, is that a company that employs thousands of people has only one room with a single bed that serves as the in-house hospital of sorts. Hopefully, with this incident, things might change.



via The Hindu Business Line

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  1. Thakur July 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    I hope the employees recover quickly

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