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A young female worker at a Korean semiconductor plant dies due to the cumulative effects of her on-the-job chemical exposure. Yet, amid this her employer seeks to invalidate her workers compensation.

Photo: ILO - Asrian Mirza_2007._Flickr Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 IGO License

SHARPS report that the employee worked ten- or twelve-hour shifts mixing high-temperature silicone materials (OE66030A and OE6630B), which emit formaldehyde and benzene at 150°C or higher.  According to SHARPS she was not warned of or educated on the risks of these materials.

Her death adds to an ongoing, commonplace tragedy in South Korea’s electronics industry, in which on-the-job chemical exposure continues to leave young workers dead or impaired while corporations shirk responsibility on the pretext of trade secrets.

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