Occupational safety violations at Dongguan Chengming Electronic factoryPhoto: Steve Jurvetson (CC BY 2.0)

After receiving a complaint through email, saying that a worker passed away because of a heart attack whilst working at Dongguan Chenming Electronic Company, China Labor Watch conduct an undercover investigation. They found severe violations in work hours, occupational safety, and other aspects.

Occupational safety violations at Dongguan Chengming Electronic factoryPhoto: Steve Jurvetson (CC BY 2.0)

The worker who wrote the email suspected that the victim had died of excessive overtime work. Sometimes, workers had to work over a month without even a day off. Furthermore, they may be required to work overtime all night. After receiving this complaint, CLW decided to send an investigator to Chengming to conduct an undercover investigation.

Whilst working at Chengming, they found severe violations in work hours, occupational safety, and other aspects. In some occasions, workers are forced to work overtime, putting in overtime hours adding up to 165 hours a month, and only have one day off in three months. Some workers feel exhausted and want to have some rest, however during peak production season, such requests are usually not approved. Upon finishing the investigation, we sent information with regards to the various violations at the factory to Chengming’s clients, including IBM, HP, Acer, ASUS, Intel, HTC, Fujitsu, Huawei, and other renowned multinational companies.

Read more about the investigation here or download the full report.