Samsung's main chip factory in the city of Hwaseong has suffered a second major leak of the toxic hydrofluoric acid, a chemical used in the manufacturing of semiconductors. Three employees have been injured and admitted to a local hospital for further examination.
Samsung had a similar leak just three months ago. Samsung was fined a minuscule $1,000 and received a telling-off from police investigators. It clearly wasn't enough as a second leak occurred earlier today. The three injured staff were contract workers who were upgrading parts of the facility.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on May 2, three external contract workers were partially exposed to diluted hydrofluoric acid at Samsung's semiconductor manufacturing facility in Hwaseong, Korea. The workers received immediate first aid attention on site and were admitted to hospital for further examination. This occurred while the workers were upgrading parts of an existing facility in line with Ministry of Employment and Labor requirements. Samsung has reported the incident to the appropriate local authorities and is fully cooperating with investigations. We take the health and safety of workers very seriously and are committed to addressing any issues regarding the well-being of those working in our facilities.