unsafe factory conditions at samsung?

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cnet uk posted a story earlier this week referring to an AFP report regarding alleged unsafe conditions at a samsung plant in korea.  the article states:

“A South Korean court last month ruled there was a connection between the deaths of the two workers and conditions in the semiconductor factory, which uses harmful chemicals. Samsung has hit back at the judgement, citing a study that it commissioned itself that concluded the factories were safe.”

samsung refers to a study it commissioned which found its operation to be within acceptable industry standards, but has not made this report public.  i am also sceptical when the term “acceptable industry standards” is used.  it almost implies that some level of harm is acceptable.  contrast this to the UK construction industry, where i have some experience.  despite significant hazards the aim is consistently for zero accidents, with one of my clients stating “we believe that all harm is preventable.”

i currently own a samsung tv, and was quite excited about the forthcoming samsung windows phone, but will need to look closely at these allegations relative to the performance of competitors when coming to choose my next mobile phone.

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