Foxconn, the company which makes Apple's iPad, hit the news a while ago when it was reported that ten workers at its Chinese factory had committed suicide in one year. Apple promised to review working conditions and improve health and safety (eg putting up nets to stop people jumping from high buildings). What wasn't fully explained was just how huge Foxconn's factory is - it has a staggering 400,000 workers! Now, the average annual suicide rate in China is reported as 15 people per 100,000 so, by that reckoning, Foxconn's factory should be coping with some 60 suicides a year. Having only 10 deaths turns out to be a testament to their good working practices and the happiness of their staff! Stats a fact.
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