HTC engineer’s death to be investigated by labor council


TAIPEI — The Council of Labor Affairs said yesterday that it will investigate the recent death of an engineer working for HTC Corp., the world’s fifth-largest smart phone maker, which media reports had attributed to excessive overtime.

The 30-year-old, identified only by his surname of Hsieh, was found dead on Feb. 21 in his dormitory in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan County, a day after he worked overtime, according to the media.

The engineer, who had worked for HTC for only two years, wrote his last Facebook message at 3:04 a.m. that day, saying that he had just come off duty but was still thinking about work.

His death came on the day HTC closed at NT$1,000 (US$33.84) on the stock exchange for the second time since 2006.

In response to the case, HTC issued a short statement via email Thursday in which it said that “we feel sorry about the death of our staff member, and we will help his family deal with affairs arising from the calamity.”

HTC spokeswoman Maggie Cheng said that after being informed of Hsieh’s death, the company’s directors banned employees from working past midnight.

Prosecutors said an autopsy will be carried out on Hsieh and that his work attendance record will be checked carefully to see if he had worked a lot of overtime for HTC.