Dec 13 2013, 1:40pm CST | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Apple sent a team of medical experts to find out what caused the death of an under-aged factory worker in one the company’s factories in Shangai, China. The doctors found that the 15-years old boy died of pneumonia and that his death was not caused by the conditions in the factory in which he worked. The team also found that the boy managed to get the job by using an older relative’s ID.
Apple’s spokesperson said that Apple is committed to providing healthy and safe working conditions for the workers in its supply chain. The team that the company sent to investigate the death in Pegatron also made sure that the working conditions for all workers are of the high standard. Pegatron assembles iPhone and iPad mini.
Even before Apple’s medical team concluded that the young worker did not die from poor working conditions in the factory, Pegatron officials already came to the same conclusion.
Charles Lin, Pegatron spokesman, said that the worker was employed for a short time only and that the factory environment could not have caused pneumonia. He added that the company did not know that the worker was under-aged because he used his older cousin’s ID to get the job.
According to New York’s rights watch group China Labor Watch, the diseased worker had a medical exam that is required before starting the employment for Pegatron, and was found in excellent health.
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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