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Wednesday night's Foxconn employee death was suicide: police

2010-05-27 03:09:02 GMT2010-05-27 11:09:02 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SHENZHEN, May 27 (Xinhua) -- An initial police investigation into the latest death at Foxconn Technology Group's Shenzhen plant on Wednesday night said the employee committed suicide, Shenzhen City police said Thursday.

The Public Security Bureau in Shenzhen said the deceased man, surnamed He, was 23 years old, single and from northwest China's Gansu Province. He began work at the plant on June 18 last year.

Policemen from Yousong police station rushed to the plant after receiving reports at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses saw the man jump from a balcony on the seventh floor of the C2 dormitory building at the plant, police said.

It was the 10th deaths by jumping from a building and the 12th such attempts at the plant this year. Two Foxconn employees survived their suicide attempts but sustained severe injuries.

The suicide occurred just hours after Foxconn head Terry Gou promised better welfare for the company's employees and the local government urged young workers to cherish their lives.

Traumatized by the string of tragedies, Gou, a usually media-shy executive, flew to Shenzhen and accompanied around 300 Chinese and foreign reporters on an inspection of the plant on Wednesday. The plant opened its doors to reporters in a bid to repair its image damaged by the string of suicides.

Gou had promised the firm would do everything possible to prevent more deaths. Nets have been set up to discourage people from jumping and about 100 mental health counselors are being trained.

The manufacturing giant makes iPods and other popular electronic gadgets.

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