Things just seem to be getting worse at Foxconn, as one of the company's technology plants in China suffered a large explosion that left two dead and 16 injured, with two of the injured being in a critical condition.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Foxconn plant in Chengdu, which produces Apple's iPad tablets, exploded around 7 PM in in the company's 'polishing plant'. A statement made by the Chengdu municipal government said that the explosion was not the result of foul play, and the explosion 'did not have a human factor'.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn's plant in Chengdu and our hearts go out to the victims and their families," an Apple spokesperson said shortly after the blast.
It is still too early to tell of the significant impact that the explosion will have for Apple's production of its recently released iPad 2. While Apple currently has several Foxconn plants contracted to produce the tablet computer, the Cupertino company is still having problems keeping up with demand.
"We are working with medical officials to provide treatment to the injured employees and we are working with government and law enforcement officials to contact the families of all employees affected by this tragedy," a Foxconn spokesperson said in a statement.
Foxconn made headlines in 2010 when several employees committed suicide-spree prompting intense media scrutiny of its working conditions, which included 15 hour workdays with many exceeding China's legal limit of 36 hours of overtime per month.