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South Korea faults Samsung for employee's fatal breast cancer

Samsung chip plant linked to cancer death.

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Indonesian laborers work in a Samsung factory in Cikarang, Indonesia. (Dimas Ardian/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korea today found Samsung responsible for an employee's death by breast cancer, according to the Associated Press

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The employee, identified only by the last name of Kim, died in March after a three-year battle with breast cancer the agency said was caused by her often overnight Samsung plant work from 1995 to 2000. Hers is one of nearly 30 health-related cases being brought by South Koreans against the world’s largest producer of computer memory chips, said AP

The Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service today announced its ruling, stating there was a "considerable causal relationship" between Kim's health and her work at the plant, according to AP

The labor department agency further said the work put her at risk of contracting cancer and therefore found the South Korean firm responsible for her death, said MedicalDaily

"There was an exposure to organic solvents and radiation," the agency statement said, according to AP. "The earlier the exposure is, the more likely the cancer is caused."

The company will not appeal the ruling, Samsung Electronics' spokesman James Chung told AP. The company has been ordered to compensate the family, but the amount has not been made public. 

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