Apple: Pegatron Employee Deaths Unrelated to Work
An independent team of medical experts that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) sent last month to investigate the deaths of several workers at one of Pegatron’s factories has found that their deaths were unrelated to their factory work, reports Reuters. As reported by non-profit organization China Labor Watch earlier this week, a 15-year-old employee died of pneumonia on October 9 after passing a pre-employment physical examination on September 4.
“Last month, we sent independent medical experts from the U.S. and China to conduct an investigation of the (Pegatron) factory,” said Apple in a statement via Reuters. “While they have found no evidence of any link to working conditions there, we realize that is of little comfort to the families who have lost their loved ones. Apple has a long-standing commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace for every worker in our supply chain, and we have a team working with Pegatron at their facility to ensure that conditions meet our high standards.”
Pegatron’s Shanghai-based factory primarily makes smartphones and tablets for Apple, including the iPhone 5C, noted China Labor Watch’s report. According to Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct, “the minimum age for employment or work shall be 15 years of age.” However, juvenile workers are not permitted to “perform work likely to jeopardize their health, safety, or morals.”