Technology and Suicide

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Tim Culpan posted an article on Bloomberg.com that may be of interest to anyone owning an iPad.

Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, is installing anti-jump nets along dormitories at its production facility in Hebei Province, Xinhua’s International Herald Leader reported, citing its own journalist at the site.

Nets at the campus, in the city of Langfang, northern China, are similar to those already in place at Foxconn’s facilities in Shenzhen. Edmund Ding, spokesman for Foxconn flagship Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone after normal office hours today.

Foxconn, which makes Apple Inc. iPads and Sony Corp. games machines, began putting up nets after at least 10 workers committed suicide this year.

Read the rest of the release here.

Jason Mack also has a report on the Daily Tech Blog here.

…with a picture from Gizmodo (see the larger picture on the blog article above).

It is sad to know that technology consumption may be contributing to this much unhappiness. Manufacturing, with its challenges, has become a distant enterprise to many Americans. Let’s hope those who are seeking to rebuild the US job scene take these lessons into consideration.

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