Worker jumps to death from 16th floor of dormitory building.
Fire breaks out at factory after mechanical accident; 5 reported deaths; 126 workers injured.
Investigation has found wretched working conditions in unregulated artisanal mines where cobalt is extracted for smartphones: abundant child labor; as young as four years old working; 12-hour daily shifts; workers earning as little as 8p a day; desperately dangerous conditions; exposure to cobalt and dust fumes; mine tunnels are dug by hand by miners who have no protective equipment; recent death reported due to mine collapse.
Starting from 1993, a 6-year exposure to carcinogens (formaldehyde and phenol) caused ovarian cancer to young female worker at chip factory, resulting to her death in 2012 – Seoul Administrative Court says.
Female worker (18 years old) commits suicide at dormitory building by taking pesticide dichlorvos.
Worker died of heart attack which came from excessive overtime, fellow worker claims; workers had to work over a month without even a day off; they may be required to work overtime all night.
Worker jumps to his death from his apartment building.
Child worker (14 years old) dies at home of overwork exhaustion, family claims; 11-12 hour daily shifts.
Female factory worker (44 years old) at luxury leather handbag assembly jumps from factory’s 5th floor.
Worker suddenly dies in his sleep. Family members allege his death is related to many hours of forced overtime.