Amazon Under Fire as Deadly Warehouse Investigation Prompts Letters from Senators

Sharee B.

Amazon, which is on pace to receive record-breaking profits this year, is under fire due to the severity of a warehouse collapse that occurred recently. According to reports, one building at a location just outside of Chicago suddenly collapsed and killed six employees after a tornado swept through the area.

The outbreak which took the lives of dozens of other individuals in neighboring states of Kentucky, wreaked havoc on the warehouse when the walls closed in and the roof subsequently buckled from the damage.

In the aftermath, the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into the matter, amid reports of constant violations when it comes to employee safety and emergency protocols.

An Amazon spokesperson has given a statement on the tragic situation as follows:

“OSHA investigates all workplace fatalities and we are supporting them.” “We’re deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family passed away as a result of the storm in Edwardsville, IL."- Kelly Nantel, Amazon

Congress has also gotten involved and is demanding answers from the "second-largest employer in the country" as several senators have sent letters to CEO Andy Jassy, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The letters are requiring Amazon to detail their safety procedures and protocols in place at the time of the incident.

The victim's families have continued to reach out and seek support as they grapple with the loss and attempt to put their hearts at ease. So far, Amazon has been complying with the investigation and is providing assistance to families.

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