Workers Contract Nerve Damage at Apple Factory in China

The Global Post reports that many workers at an assembly plant in Suzhou, China, developed a neurological disorder from exposure to a chemical used to clean touch screens of Apple products, particularly the iPhone and iTouch. The story is part of the Global Post’s Silicon Sweatshop investigation on working conditions at overseas factories contracted by American technology giants.

The workers experienced numbness in their feet, weakness, blurred vision and headaches after using the chemical, n-hexane, without proper safety precautions. So far, 62 employees have checked into the hospital. Use of the chemical was restricted to the factory floor where Apple products were cleaned and was stopped all together in August.

An Apple spokesperson said the company investigates problems with its suppliers when needed but would not comment about this particular case.

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