OSHA Launches Probe into Fatal Amazon Warehouse Collapse
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it’s launching a probe into a fatal collapse of an Amazon fulfillment center in Edwardsville, Illinois. The warehouse was devastated by a tornado.
Officials said that six employees died, one went to an area hospital, and 45 were rescued safely.
OSHA spokesperson Scott Allen said that it has six months to complete its investigation, including issuing citations and imposing monetary penalties if safety or health violations are found.
After news of the deaths, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said the company is “deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family passed away as a result of the storm.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and everyone impacted by the tornado.”
According to the National Weather Service, the tornado touched down at approximately 8:35 p.m. on Friday. The warehouse’s walls collapsed inward, and the roof fell downward.