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(Yonhap Editorial) Court draws connection between industrial hazard and leukemia for first time
SEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap) -- A local court on Thursday ruled that the deaths of two workers at Samsung Electronics from leukemia should be considered industrial accidents, drawing a connection for the first time between working conditions at semiconductor assembly lines and the illness.

The ruling widens the path to acknowledging industrial accidents, having been made when controversy persisted over the correlation between the working environment at semiconductor plants and leukemia. The court deduced that the deaths of the two workers could have been caused by continuous exposure to toxic chemicals and harmful radiation.