It looks like last week's explosion at a Foxconn facility in China has taken another life, bumping to total fatalities to 3. The facility was a "polishing plant" mainly used for production of the iPad 2.
A third worker has died from an explosion at a Foxconn plant in China that makes Apple products, the contract manufacturer said on Sunday. The company said it us still investigating the blast, but said initial findings suggest “that the accident was caused by an explosion of combustible dust in a duct.”
The explosion and consequent fire breaking out at Foxconn's production base of iPad 2 in Chengdu City, western China, has not affected the assembly lines of the tablet PC, according to Taiwan-based Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times (CT).
It's not clear whether or not the explosion will have any affect on iPad 2 production. The specific location of the explosion within the plant only stored coating lines and chemical materials and wasn't near iPad 2 production. However, the plant remains closed for now, and given constrained components and manufacturing yields, there's not much room Some worried the mishap might have resulted in an impact on the amount of iPad 2 units the plant was able to produce.
Still, this was a very unfortunate event for the families and friends of those who were lost, and we're glad to see Apple working closely with Foxconn to help make sure this type of thing is avoided in the future.