Contract Worker for Foxconn Affiliate Falls to His Death

Things have been relatively quiet recently concerning worker suicides over at Foxconn, but it appears our optimism might have been a premature. Reports have been surfacing that yet another worker has fallen off a building to his death, and like the ones before him, this one is believed to be a suicide.

This latest incident occurred at a factory owned by Chimei Innolux Corp., a Hon Hai (Foxconn) affiliate specializing in the production of flat-panel displays. The man who jumped/fell wasn't directly employed by Chimei, but contracted through an outsourcing company.

Be that as it may, this puts the spotlight back on Foxconn, which has been the subject of much media attention in recent months following a spate of suicides in 2010. So much so, in fact, that Apple, Dell, and others who receive goods from Foxconn eventually issued statements promising to look into what's going on over at Foxconn.

"We are saddened and upset by the recent suicides at Foxconn," Apple said back in May. "We're in direct contact with Foxconn senior management and we believe they are taking this matter very seriously. A team from Apple is independently evaluating the steps they are taking to address these tragic events and we will continue our ongoing inspections of the facilities where our products are made."

Chimei is Taiwan's largest producer of LCDs. The worker who died was born in 1992.