iPad 2

Reuters shares some bad news from a Pegatron plant in Shanghai, China: there has been an explosion and 61 workers were hurt. 23 of the 61 hurt are said to have been hospitalized and the fire caused “some” damage to the plant’s machinery. Reuters says that this is an Apple plant and the report sources a claim from China’s Yi Cai Daily that says this specific plant will be producing iPad 2 back panels.

The interesting part here is that this plant – which Pegatron says is not yet fully operating – will be producing parts for a product which is rumored to be refreshed in 3-4 months. While Pegatron says “it could make adjustments to the facility to minimize the impact on operations and revenue,” China’s Yi Cai Daily is saying that if the surrounding safety concerns are not dealt with properly, Apple’s supply chain may see some negative affects next quarter.

[Via 9to5Mac]