13th Worker Attempts Suicide at China Plant

Man survives cutting himself at tech industry supplier
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
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Posted May 27, 2010 3:04 PM CDT
Staff members work on the production line at the Foxconn complex in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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(Newser) – A Foxconn Technology worker tried to kill himself today, becoming the 13th person to commit suicide or attempt to do so this year at the company, which makes high-tech products for industry giants such as Apple, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard. Police said the 25-year-old man survived after cutting himself in his dormitory room at the factory in southern China.

The 12 previous incidents at Foxconn Technology Group's operations involved workers who jumped from buildings. Two survived. Another worker killed himself in January at a factory in northern China. The company says it's working to prevent suicides by hiring more counselors and even installing nets. The chairman said he couldn't sleep at night and dreaded answering his phone in off hours.

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