Saturday, 15 May 2010

Chinese workers sue Wintek over iPad screen cleaner poisoning

If you've got an early Apple iPad, chances are its screen was cleaned with a banned substance called n-hexane, which releases a toxic nerve gas upon use. In January, 2,000 workers at Wintek's East China LCD plant went on strike, claiming the substance was poisoning them, and now 44 of those reportedly affected are planning to sue.

According to reports, the screen cleaner was originally used because it performed better than alcohol, but Wintek has since fired the factory manager who suggested n-hexane and discontinued its use. That didn't keep 62 workers from winding up in the hospital, however. The Guardian interviewed two hospitalized workers last week. 

Let's hope this lawsuit spurs government and industry to do something concrete about worker abuse.



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