Samsung chip factory worker dies of breast cancer, South Korea blames company, brings up poor working conditions

Samsung chip factory worker dies of breast cancer, South Korea blames company, brings up poor working conditions
As awesome as our gadgets are, truth is they are manufactured in conditions we tend to not think about much. Samsung might have just concluded it employs no underage workers and might have somewhat polished its public image, when a report by Korea’s Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service judged that a worker in one of its plants died of breast cancer.

The woman had worked at the Samsung plant for five years and has had the cancer for three, enought for the Workers Service to agree about a "considerable causal relationship" between the employment and the cancer.



The sad news is the woman was only 36 years old when she passed out, three years after getting the diagnosis.

And the blame lays squarely on Samsung on this case - the manufacturing plant in question is allegedly lacking a radiation detector, and workers had to deal with carcinogens like benzene.

This is just one of many cases undergoing in South Korea, a red flag raised to us to keep on questioning tech companies about the conditions of their workers. And appreciate a little more the technology we are getting.

source: Associated Press via Gizmodo

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43 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

*grabs popcorn

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

*grabs popcorn too!

33. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Actually, it's her fault 4 not quitting after the cancer, AND because she probably didn't read the workers manual about the part where it said: "no radiation detector"

43. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

So its her fault she got breast cancer? Come on man that's just ridiculous.

38. wendygarett unregistered

Wtf grab popcorn to watch people died in cancer? Don't you have sense of humor?

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Poor working conditions

24. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Man this is just wrong...no other way to put it! To be fair it is not yet proven that the cancer arose due to working at sammy but most likely...that being said.... be it sammy or apple or anyone this is just wrong! I mean I love my samsung phones but I dont love any gadget enough for it to cost even a single human life! And the folks above grabbin popcorn....start eatin it from the other rear end ..i cant believe it you wanna grab popcorn after hearin this!

30. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i agree........this is not a movie point blank

35. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

.....

16. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

That's just wrong considering we are talking about human lives. Of course, amusement and the newest Galaxy S/iPhone are more important...

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You kids grab popcorns, i'll grab a beer... By the way, isn't there anything people can do without using these harmful stuffs. We know it's bad, they know it's bad...what's the point! But since this case has only one death involved (hate to say it), Samsung might get away with it, not blaming the manufacturer.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The regulator should look into it Samsung is rich enough to pay for better working condition.

5. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Wow! Samsung is really copying apple to the extreme now!!!

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iDiSagree, Samsung has a better manufacturer's warranty; worth looking into (in this case).

8. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Lol yep u can see that now haha.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If they were copying apple they would have had better working conditions.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sad that we take this for granted all for android vs iOS

28. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

this shouldn't be a apple vs google or apple vs samsung article. some one lost there life to an ailment (this case cancer) and the possible cause is working condtions this could happen to any company or any person either way its sad that it happend. like the article states we do not always concider the people that make the product and the conditions they live and work in hopefully this means tech companies step up and make sure there employies are taken care of propperly not only making sure that conditions in the factory are up to proper code. or even making all companies meet a global standard for there factories.

29. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

The workers would also commit suicide instead of getting cancer.

34. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not everyone is lucky to be employed on same terms and compensation package by Apple like you are :)

37. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Lol I didn't know apple cheer leader was a job.

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

What a bunch of hog wash, women (and, men) die of Breast Cancer every day; their environment is, more often than not, not a causal contributor. Consider all the people who develop Lung Cancer (and, die), many of them have never smoked or been around smokers but, based on the "story" above, if they work at, say, a 7 Eleven, therefore, it's 7 Eleven's fault for having cigarettes on the premises?? My theory is: maybe the woman who died of breast cancer in South Korea sat next to someone on a public bus who was using an iPhone that was leaking low levels of the radiation leakage that has been reported!

31. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

boi you are HILARIOUS! LOOOL man you had me going for a second then you hahaha rag on apple again .........funny stuff man funny stuff

9. joey18

Posts: 647; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

dont worried americans buy there gs3 dont care lol

42. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Go then buy iPhone made in U.S.A.(?)

10. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

This is stupid. How many people work here and how many have cancer? 1? We work around everything that causes cancer. If you read McDonalds fine print on their fries in the nutrition wall, it says it can cause cancer. Cancer is here and it's always around us. ALWAYS. Unless you live in a cave away from anything man made.

11. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

She had cancer for 3 years.. of course it's Samsung's fault!!! It would be interesting to see the actual report and if there truly is a link. Nobody can deny that being around these hazardous chemicles and radiation while working 40 hrs (or 100) a week will be detrimental to your health. The way this was reported is ridiculous. Having said that.. shame on Samsung if they don't have the proper detectors and safety measures in place to protect their workers. FIX IT and don't turn into another Apple here!

27. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

There is no proof its Samsungs fault especially if she had the cancer for three years. There should be multiple cases with the same or more years. Then I might say there could be a link to cancer. What about people that work at gas stations? This would be like saying its South Koreas fault for not providing healthcare if they dont have it. Its an unfortunate death, but you cant be pointing fingers if she did not get medical attention. Maybe she couldnt afford it and that is the sad truth. Most people cant afford it and they depend on peoples charity at the cancer hospitals.

40. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Your comment is biased and without merit,consider this ,a plant that has hundreds of workers everyday at the same location ,with the same exposure would result in more than one worker being infected and dying and also the resulting cancer could have been with the woman in the early stages before coming to knowledge when it did. Exposure from the plant would more result in lungs cancer than breast cancer which is more prevalent in women

12. JeffdaBeat unregistered

We have to stop acting like these companies are so much more different from each other. Sure, we all have our favorite products, but that doesn't excuse business practices, especially if they hurt people. Now, tying something like cancer to a specific thing is a tough thing to do, but if it is something to do with Samsung, then it needs to change. Period. Don't let your love for a smartphone outweigh the cost of a human life. Don't make excuses for Samsung IF (and only if) they are to blame for something like this. It frustrated me to no end that Apple partners with a manufacturer that has to hang nets around the dorms so workers don't kill each themselves. It still does and I don't make excuses for them. No one ever should. People are more important than gadgets or brand loyalty.

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