Worker at Apple's Chinese Factory Foxconn Jumps to Death

At least a dozen employees have committed suicide or tried to do so since 2010; the company has been plagued with reports of poor working and living conditions at its factories and dorms.

Police say a Chinese employee of Foxconn Technology Group has jumped to his death from a company-rented apartment building in southwest China's Sichuan province, the Associated Press reported.

Foxconn, the world's largest contract maker of electronics including Apple's iPhones, has been besieged with reports of poor working and living conditions for its workers at factories and dorms. At least a dozen Foxconn employees have jumped to their deaths or tried to do so since 2010.

A public security bureau in Chengdu city announced the death Wednesday night on a popular Chinese microblogging site. The post identifies the employee only by the surname Xie and says the deadly jump occurred Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the cause is under investigation.

China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday that the man was 23 years old.