Explosion at Apple parts supplier injures 61

23 of the workers were hospitalised, some machinery damaged

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Explosion at Apple parts supplier injures 61 An explosion at an Apple parts supplier in Shanghai, China has injured 61 people.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  December 19, 2011

Sixty-one workers have been injured in a small explosion at Apple parts supplier Pegatron Corp in Shanghai, according to Reuters.

This is the latest in a series of incidents that have highlighted growing safety concerns at factories in China.

The explosion occurred at a plant belonging to Riteng Computer Accessory Company, in Shanghai's Songjiang industrial park. It did not cause a fire, but 23 of the injured workers were hospitalised, Pegatron chief financial officer Charles Lin, told Reuters.

"The factory has not started operations yet. Part of the facility is still under pre-operation inspection and part is running trial production," Lin said.

Pegatron said that there was some damage to machinery but it could make adjustments to the facility to minimise the impact on operations and revenue.

According to the Shanghai city government, the explosion occurred at about 3:40pm on 17th December on the fourth floor of the facility in a workshop.

The city government put the number of injured at 57, 23 of whom had burns and were hospitalised for further observation, none had life-threatening injuries.

Lin told Reuters that the resumption of manufacturing operations would depend on the government's decision, and an investigation report by the Shanghai city government was expected later on Monday.

Pegatron declined to disclose details of the plant's customers.

Shares of Pegatron dropped 6.7% at Monday's open but cut losses to 3.42% by 9:41pm EST, versus the broader market's 1.47% decline.

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