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OSHA orders safety review, no fines


An Distribution Centre in Edwardsville, Illinois was hit by a roof fall.

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Labor Department ordered AmazonReview how the company responds to severe weather conditions following an investigation of the fatal warehouse collapse in Illinois. The company is not charging any penalties or fines but will examine its responses.

A warehouse of Amazon was established in Edwardsville, Illinois. was severely damagedA tornado caused the building to fall onto its roof. Walls on both the sides and 40-foot tall walls fell into the air. Six people were injured, the majority of them contracted drivers.

Tragic event prompted criticismLegislators as well as a probeThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration is overseen and managed by the Labor Department.

OSHA investigators stated Tuesday that they found that Amazon’s storm sheltering procedures met minimal safety guidelines. However, a number of safety hazards were discovered during their investigation.

a letterInvestigators addressed the letter to Edwardsville Warehouse manager. They claimed that megaphones, which were used to notify employees of an emergency, weren’t accessible and that a plan to respond to severe weather conditions was lacking site-specific information. According to the letter, some Amazon workers did not know where shelters were located within the warehouse.

Amazon isn’t required to respond, but it’s not clear if Amazon can use any mechanisms to ensure that the agency’s recommendations are implemented.

Doug Parker, OSHA assistant secretary of labor said that six workers were killed in the incident. This should serve as a warning to employers. We are making recommendations as there is no specific citation that we can issue due to Amazon’s actions. Many employers do take similar recommendations as other government agencies.

Six employees died while sheltering inside a bathroom located in an area that had been damaged during the storm. Aaron Priddy of OSHA, who was the OSHA investigator, stated that it wasn’t clear why the employees were not told to go to the storm shelter in another area.

According to Priddy, “We are aware that there was some confusion about where to report. However, a lot of employees reported to the correct location while others didn’t,” Priddy stated.

Kelly Nantel from Amazon stated previously that they were looking at “every aspect” of the incident.

The House Oversight Committee was established on April 1. launched an investigationAmazon’s labour practices. This probe focuses specifically on Amazon’s responses to extreme weather conditions, such as the Edwardsville warehouse explosion.