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Samsung probes factories over cancer scare

A South Korean court has ruled two cancer-related deaths were caused by iffy conditions at semiconductor factories


June 24, 2011
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

SEOUL—Samsung will release the results of an independent health and safety probe into conditions at its South Korean semiconductor factories after employee illnesses and deaths have raised fears of cancer risks.

The announcement came after a South Korean court ruled the leukemia deaths of two women were linked to working at one of the company’s semiconductor factories.

The electronics-maker commissioned an investigation by occupational health and safety experts last July after more than 20 people at its chip factories were diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma since 1998.

Ten of them have since died.