How would you feel about working for a company that had such lax safety measures at its facilities that you contracted something as bad as cancer? Sadly, that's what happened to more than 200 people who worked at Samsung factories over the last 10 years.
The South Korean activist group "Sharps" found more than 200 individual cases in which workers fell ill after working at one of Samsung's factories. The illnesses were wide-ranging and even included various incurable diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. In fact, over 70 of the stricken individuals have died.
Apparently the problems at the Samsung factory ranged from gas leaks, to radiation leaks and more. Samsung has agreed to address the issues and compensate the afflicted and their families. Here's a quote with a few more details,
I don't know about you folks, but less than $100 Million dollars spent on research into making factory improvements and to compensate victims seems paltry compared to dying from cancer!Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers and their families, and for efforts to prevention such diseases at its chip and display factories.
Samsung said in a statement the fund will make payments to workers or families of those who became sick while working at its plants, including contractors. The fund would also pay for research, development of experts and other methods to improve worker safety.