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Worker Deaths at Amazon Facility Prompt Federal Investigation

amazon304The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the deaths of two temporary workers at Amazon warehouses since December 2013. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited five companies for violations including: the contractor responsible for operating the facility and four temporary staffing agencies.

One man died after he was crushed when he got caught in a conveyor system while sorting items at an Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey.  Another person died this month at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Pennsylvania.

“Temporary staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for the safety and health of temporary employees. These employers must assess the work site to ensure that workers are adequately protected from potential hazards,” stated Patricia Jones, director of OSHA’s Avenel Area Office in a press release. “It is essential that employers protect all workers from job hazards — both temporary and permanent workers.”

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