Child Worker at Pegatron Production Facility Dies of Pneumonia

A report published by China Labor Watch (CLW) is claiming that recent sudden deaths of a number of Pegatron workers, may have been caused by potential hazards in the production process of Apple products that continue to pose a risk to other workers in the factory. CLW has therefore demanded that Apple and the factory perform autopsies on each deceased worker and verify the actual reason for the workers’ deaths.


One such worker named Shi Zhaokun, who was only 15 years old, died of severe pneumonia on October 9 in Shanghai Shuguang Hospital. The child, who worked at a Pegatron factory primarily making Apple devices including the iPhone 5C, when took the pre-employment physical examination on September 4, was found to be in good health. While Shi worked at Pegatron making Apple products, the factory demanded workers to work for 12 hours each day, who could only switch between night and day shifts once every three months.

CLW was saddened to learn that recently after hearing about her grandson’s death, Shi Zhaokun’s grandma passed away.

The factory has denied fault in Shi’s death, as well as the other deaths, and has refused to conduct in-depth investigations. However, Shi’s family doesn’t have 12,000 RMB ($1,970) to pay the hospital for the autopsy on their son.

Shi Zhaokun’s family has asked CLW to seek donations to pay for an independent autopsy that can help find out the truth behind the deaths of these workers.

Meanwhile, Apple has recently updated its Supplier Work-Hour Compliance chart on its Labor and Human Rights page, to indicate their suppliers have achieved an average of 95% compliance to the 60-hour work week, an increase from 87% in September. Furthermore, Apple annually publishes its Supplier Responsibility Progress Report to reflect company’s commitment to transparency and goal of improving working conditions at its supplier factories.

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  • Al

    Collectively, the CLW appears to be some sort of “super moron”.

  • Chrome262

    LOL, Wouldn’t the government pay for an Autopsy if it felt it was suspicious or criminal? 12 hours days may seem extreme, but nurses do it all the time. Of course they at most work 4 days on so it is 48 hours but still.

  • Chris Zhu

    Isn’t this considered as child labour?

  • Al

    Depends on the country (and possibly the region). I think the laws in most (all?) of Canada are 12 and up – although there may be some restrictions (?). Regardless, China isn’t Canada.

  • Al

    … And you can’t catch Pneumonia from working… Or from a manufacturing process… Or from being out in the cold without a coat on…

  • Chrome262

    LOL, but you can catch it from other workers. Now if you push yourself too far you can lower your immunity, but he is 15 years old, he probably more resistant to disease than us older folks.

  • Chrome262

    Well he could have breathing issues from living in the city, China has some of the worst air pollution in the world.

  • Al

    Exactly. That country is like a freakin’ petri dish of infection.

  • Al

    Damn Apple, for letting infected workers be hired.

    Oh jeeze… what’s the life expectancy of these germs living in a box? If I touch my phone to soon from when I buy it, could I get infected? Oh noooooooooo!