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Ninth Foxconn Worker of 2010 Commits Suicide

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 58 comments

Another employee has committed suicide at Foxconn bringing the number of 2010 deaths at the factory to nine.

Earlier this month it emerged that Foxconn had hired monks, councilors and exorcists to try to put an end to the spate of suicides. The company expressed its regret and sorrow for the victims, all aged between 18 and 24.

The latest victim was a 21-year-old man named Nan Gang. Gang is said to have jumped from a fourth floor dormitory about half an hour after finishing his shift last Friday night. The AP also reports that there was another suicide in January. A man jumped to his death at a Foxconn plant in Langfang in Hebei province. His death went unreported until Friday.

Suicide rates for China put the average number of suicides per 100,000 at 23. However, despite these statistics, the Guardian cites a Foxconn spokesperson that says the Shenzhen plant usually only experiences one or two in a year for the roughly 300,000 people working at the factory.

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    gimpy1 , May 24, 2010 4:25 PM
    I don't mean to sound harsh, but given the national average, nine is not bad. We are a little over %39 of the way through the year. Assuming the plant employs 300k people, we would expect 27 suicides at this point.

    So, I guess I am wondering why this is news. When I first read the headline, I assumed that nine suicides was abnormally high. If it were high, I would take that into consideration next time I was shopping for some computer component. I think that the headline may be unfair to Foxconn as it seems to imply something is amiss.
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    Marco925 , May 24, 2010 4:31 PM
    icepick314nice to know that my electronics are literally made from sweat, tears and blood...hope there are no spirits of disgruntled workers in my Zune and Xbox 360...

    No, they're in your iPhone instead.
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    icepick314 , May 24, 2010 4:28 PM
    nice to know that my electronics are literally made from sweat, tears and blood...

    hope there are no spirits of disgruntled workers in my Zune and Xbox 360...
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    soo-nah-mee , May 24, 2010 4:21 PM
    How many posts will it be before someone uses the term "Liberal" or "Conservative" and makes it political this time?
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    gimpy1 , May 24, 2010 4:25 PM
    I don't mean to sound harsh, but given the national average, nine is not bad. We are a little over %39 of the way through the year. Assuming the plant employs 300k people, we would expect 27 suicides at this point.

    So, I guess I am wondering why this is news. When I first read the headline, I assumed that nine suicides was abnormally high. If it were high, I would take that into consideration next time I was shopping for some computer component. I think that the headline may be unfair to Foxconn as it seems to imply something is amiss.
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    burnley14 , May 24, 2010 4:26 PM
    There are 300,000 people working at this factory? Only in China I guess . . .
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    alentor , May 24, 2010 4:27 PM
    lol this must stop.. xD
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    gimpy1 , May 24, 2010 4:27 PM
    Thanks for the reminder soo-nah-mee, I almost forgot to blame the liberals for driving 300,000 jobs overseas. (It should go without saying, but I am being sarcastic)
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    etrom , May 24, 2010 4:28 PM
    Way to go, China! Keep your annual GDP growth close to 10% while lack education, health and proper work conditions for citzens.
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    icepick314 , May 24, 2010 4:28 PM
    nice to know that my electronics are literally made from sweat, tears and blood...

    hope there are no spirits of disgruntled workers in my Zune and Xbox 360...
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    Marco925 , May 24, 2010 4:31 PM
    icepick314nice to know that my electronics are literally made from sweat, tears and blood...hope there are no spirits of disgruntled workers in my Zune and Xbox 360...

    No, they're in your iPhone instead.
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    SlickyFats , May 24, 2010 4:41 PM
    Has anyone considered putting up a fence or wall or something else to prevent all of these people from jumping? Seriously don't make it so dang easy for people to just go jump, make them work for it and maybe during the time it takes them to make it up there they'll change their minds.

    Also how dedicated of employee must he have been, at least he finished his shift. I would have done it BEFORE work not after.
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    tayb , May 24, 2010 4:43 PM
    Wow. Did not know that Foxconn employed 300,000 factory workers. This all goes back to poor working conditions, long hours, intense pressure to meet deadlines, and low pay. The article I read referenced a pay rate of $130 (US) a month and a work schedule that allotted little time for anything but work and sleep. It was depressing reading it.

    Very sad.
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    tayb , May 24, 2010 4:46 PM
    Marco925No, they're in your iPhone instead.


    Do you think Foxconn only produces Apple products?
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    NuclearShadow , May 24, 2010 5:04 PM
    Instead of hiring exorcists and other foolish "professions" how about improving the living conditions of the employees? It's not like they can't afford to make improvements. Of course this isn't going to happen if anyone recalls the first suicide that was reported on it was after they detained tortured one of their employees who later took his life after.

    I'm not going to buy anymore Foxconn products or anything they are linked to like the iPhone.
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    cadder , May 24, 2010 5:07 PM
    What is Apple doing to those people? I thought Apple was all "peace" and "love".
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    tntom , May 24, 2010 5:10 PM
    14 yrs ago when I was in the 8th grade(so you will have to excuse my recollection). My class had a visit from some friends of the teacher who were from China and we got to ask them questions. I asked what the suicide rate was for school age students. She said, that it was extremely high because of all the social pressure to perform at a high rate. But that their society looks down on sharing that.
    I imagine that the social pressure could only be that much higher 14yrs later.
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    back_by_demand , May 24, 2010 5:12 PM
    Quote:
    Suicide rates for China put the average number of suicides per 100,000 at 23

    So assuming the law of averages is working with 300,000 people on site we should expect 69 people to commit suicide in 2010.
    At the end of 5 months, we should have had at least 28 by now.
    We have had 9.
    Suicide rates are less than a third of the national average, the only reason this seems like a large figure is that they all work at the same company, but try to get this in your heads - this factory has more people working in it than the City of Coventry in the UK.
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    bollwerk , May 24, 2010 5:16 PM
    Are they not allowed to just quit and find another job?
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    falchard , May 24, 2010 5:17 PM
    The mismanagement of the liberal media has put a spotlight on a company that should be commended for suicide prevention. They are far below national statistics on suicides per capita. Its just being used as a method to demigog the low regulation electronic industry. However, bringing them the conservative principle of god into their lives should reduce these incredible numbers further.
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    Anonymous , May 24, 2010 5:20 PM
    Maybe that's the angry china spirits causing all the RROD in the Xbox 360's.
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    nforce4max , May 24, 2010 5:24 PM
    bollwerkAre they not allowed to just quit and find another job?


    Its China FFS, people over there don't have much of a choice and its getting like that else ware. To quite or lose your job means homelessness and starvation. I am done explaining how things are to these dogooder yuppies.
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    sliem , May 24, 2010 5:24 PM
    "...usually only experiences one or two in a year..."
    uh oh... usually? Lol, they need to be shot for slavery.
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