Foxconn has given an official statement regarding the toxic gas leak incident at its India plant based near Chennai. The maker and assembler of cellphones and other electronic gadgets (including the iPhone and iPad) has said that about 250 of its workers were taken ill due to inhaling pesticide fumes. Foxconn has shut operations in the affected plant and expects that business will resume in a week’s time. CellPassion has a copy of the statement.
Incident at the production facility in Kancheepuram District, TN, India
On 23 July 2010, certain workers at the Company’s production facility in Kancheepuram District, TN, India experienced sensations of giddiness and nausea while working in one of the production plants at the facility. Approximately 250 workers were examined and treated at a nearby hospital, and with the exception of 28 who had to undergo further observation, all others were released after treatment. Following this incident, and as a precautionary measure, the Company suspended operations at such production facility from 26 July 2010 to allow the facility to be checked and cleared by the relevant local authorities. The
Company currently expects production operations at the facility to resume in approximately 1 week.
The Company believes that the incident may have been caused by the routine spraying of pesticide at the production facility but all possible causes are being investigated by the relevant local authorities in India. The management of the facility is cooperating fully with the local authorities in connection with that investigation.
The production facility at Kancheepuram District, TN, India is principally engaged in the manufacture of mobile telephone mechanical parts. The board of directors of the Company is of the view that the incident will not have any material adverse effect on the business operation and financial condition of the Group as a whole.