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Foxconn Installing Safety Nets to Catch Jumpers?

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Is Foxconn installing safety nets to prevent more deaths?

Foxconn has received a ton of attention because of a cluster of suicides at one of the company's Chinese factories. It's led to scrutiny of working conditions at the factory and a number of undercover reports have provided detailed descriptions of what it's like to work at the electronics manufacturing plant.

Foxconn has taken steps to try and stop the suicides. The company has hired councilors, monks and exorcists and given everyone a raise. They also asked employees to sign no-suicide contracts but retracted the idea after they realized it was a bit insensitive.

The latest effort on Foxconn's part appears to be installing safety nets to catch those who do decide to jump. A Gizmodo tipster sent in a photo of what are allegedly Foxconn-owned buildings in China. The photo also features safety nets that were supposedly installed to prevent any more deaths.

Foxconn has yet to comment on whether the picture on Gizmodo is actually of factory buildings.

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    sliem , June 29, 2010 10:00 PM
    "There are no suicides, you are holding it wrong."

    -Jobs
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    xxyyzz , June 29, 2010 9:37 PM
    How stupid do you have to be to see the net and still make the jump?
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2010 9:55 PM
    I would be tempted to jump off the roof every lunchtime just for kicks if this was my work.
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    xxyyzz , June 29, 2010 9:37 PM
    How stupid do you have to be to see the net and still make the jump?
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    fatkid35 , June 29, 2010 9:38 PM
    third floor, c'mon thats not far enough. what about a really good 30 floor swan dive. and make sure to wear an ipad as a helmet!
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    Anomalyx , June 29, 2010 9:39 PM
    Really? Nets are the best they can do? It's like trying to stop a serial killer by banning him from using knives. They'll just use a different method. First of all, determine if there is a problem. Foxconn is huge, and suicide rates should be compared to suicide rates of the entire surrounding area. If there is, in fact, a problem, they need to treat it at the source, probably by making people's lives more pleasant. A raise isn't going to fix a crappy work environment.
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    SlickyFats , June 29, 2010 9:41 PM
    Wow they pulled the no-suicide because "they realized it was a bit insensitive". Didn't they realize its DUMB. How do you hold someone to a contract if they DO kill themselves? Can you sue a dead body for breach of contract over there (I wouldn't be surprised to hear someone trying it here in the States)
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    Assmar , June 29, 2010 9:54 PM
    xxyyzzHow stupid do you have to be to see the net and still make the jump?

    If their lives are so miserable then that actually might sound like fun.
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2010 9:55 PM
    I would be tempted to jump off the roof every lunchtime just for kicks if this was my work.
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    cookoy , June 29, 2010 9:55 PM
    Suicides? There are no suicide issues here. Those nets are part of our antenna mesh to improve reception.
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2010 9:57 PM
    I would be tempted to jump off the roof every lunchtime just for kicks if that was my workplace
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    sliem , June 29, 2010 10:00 PM
    "There are no suicides, you are holding it wrong."

    -Jobs
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    jerreece , June 29, 2010 10:10 PM
    cookoySuicides? There are no suicide issues here. Those nets are part of our antenna mesh to improve reception.


    For the iPhone 4!!!!

    Seriously though, why on the 3rd floor? Someone can still jump out the 2nd floor window head first and snap their neck.
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    Simple11 , June 29, 2010 10:14 PM
    After all that they're failing to see the ROOT of the problem.
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    mauller07 , June 29, 2010 10:14 PM
    there not anti suicide nets,

    their "apparatus for providing protection of accidental body to ground contact at high acceleration"
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    HavoCnMe , June 29, 2010 10:16 PM
    "Attention Foxconn employees!" "Today is the start of a new day, we now have stress relief programs started on the top level of the building." "Simply talk with HR department to get you signed up for the Stress Relief Roof Jumping Program also known as SRRJP.""We have installed safety nets connecting the north and south sides of the buildings for the weak" "You will need to jump from the east and west sides of the buildings to actually commit your destiny." "Thank you and have a great day."
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    Marco925 , June 29, 2010 10:21 PM
    slickyfatsWow they pulled the no-suicide because "they realized it was a bit insensitive". Didn't they realize its DUMB. How do you hold someone to a contract if they DO kill themselves? Can you sue a dead body for breach of contract over there (I wouldn't be surprised to hear someone trying it here in the States)


    they have done it, just ask the RIAA,
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    dragonfang18 , June 29, 2010 10:23 PM
    I wonder if there is a penalty if they are seen on the nets...
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    eddieroolz , June 29, 2010 10:28 PM
    And they think this will put a stop to it?
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    PSiKoTiC , June 29, 2010 10:29 PM
    Just. Wow. I seriously think there need to be some ethical production of technology here. Stuff is made cheaply in other places by other companies (atleast compared to north american labour costs) without such morale issues. Sick that I sit and chuckle at these nets, while other people salivate over their new Iphone/Pad. There needs to be more legislation in place to make ethical importation. They do it with coffee now, why not apple?
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    dj1001 , June 29, 2010 10:31 PM
    what about the front and backs of the buildings?

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    micr0be , June 29, 2010 10:33 PM
    attempted suicide on a resume sounds fancy... like you'll go the extra mile.
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    Pyroflea , June 29, 2010 10:49 PM
    "These new nets will revolutionize the way you jump"

    - Steve Jobs
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