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Inside Apple's Foxconn Factories

By Tom Randall - 2012-03-30T19:36:57Z

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Explosions in Yantai

A Foxconn factory smolders after an explosion in Yantai, Shandong province, in September. The accident reportedly occurred while electronics parts were being spray-painted. Flames swept the plant.

The Yantai fire followed an explosion in May that killed three workers at Foxconn's Chengdu plant. The FLA report this week cited inconsistent health and safety policies, with workers being excluded from decisions about health and safety.

Employees making Apple devices toil at rates too fast for worker safety, according to China Labor Watch. They have also been exposed to dangerous aluminum dust, the New York-based advocacy group said.

"We are committed to work with Apple to carry out the remediation program developed by both our companies," Foxconn said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

(Correction: An earlier version of this slide incorrectly stated that the Yantai plant produced Apple products. Foxconn's Chengdu plant produced Apple products.)