Samsung exec blogs his regrets over remark

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Samsung exec blogs his regrets over remark

Jun Dong-soo, president of memory business for Samsung Electronics’ device solutions, yesterday publicly apologized on Samsung’s blog yesterday for his improper remarks about the hydrofluoric acid leak at Samsung’s semiconductor plant last Thursday.

“I feel deeply responsible for the careless comments I made,” he wrote, “I sincerely apologize for the trouble I caused.”

When asked after a routine company meeting Wednesday what countermeasures Samsung planned to take after a series of hydrofluoric acid accidents this year at company factories, he said, “I have no idea. What I am supposed to be doing is earning money.”

Hydrofluoric acid was accidentally discharged from a Samsung Electronics chip plant in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi, last Thursday, hospitalizing three workers for two days. In January, one worker died and four were injured after a leak of the same toxic material.

Following the January incident, the Ministry of Employment and Labor inspected the factory and announced a total of 1,934 violations by management in the facility. Last month, the Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency charged three Samsung officials with dereliction of duty.

“I meant I would focus more on business now that we have designated a leader responsible for environmental safety after establishing a new organization devoted to control of toxic materials. But the comments seem to have caused misunderstanding,” said Jun.


By Seo Ji-eun [spring@joongang.co.kr]

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