Hwang and Lee, a father's investigation
One victim was Yu-mi Hwang, who died from acute myeloid leukemia aged 22 on March 6, 2007. Her death was originally assumed to be result of a natural abnormality. The second employee, surnamed Lee, had a 10-year career at the same factory before dying of the same type of leukemia in 2006 at the age of 30.
Yu-mi Hwang's father, Sang-gi Hwang investigated his daughter's death and discovered a number of similar deaths and unusual health conditions, which he asserted were related to the working conditions at Samsung.
"Although the cause of the employees' leukemia has yet to be determined clearly on a scientific basis, it is presumable that their constant exposure to toxic chemicals and ionizing radiation had caused or, at least, expedited the illness. It is fit to say there is a link between their leukemia and their careers," the report quoted the panel of judges as saying
"Given that they carried out cleaning duties on un-automated production facilities at the most worn-out place of the No. 3 bay of the No. 3 line, they seemed to have been exposed to a greater influence of toxic materials," the report quoted the panel of judges saying.
Similar lawsuits against the agency and the company are expected to follow the court decision, which is the first to tie working conditions at Samsung to employee deaths.
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