OSHA opens investigation into fatal Amazon warehouse collapse in Illinois

osha opens investigation into fatal amazon warehouse collapse in illinois

The Amazon distribution center in Edwardsville, Illinois was struck by a tornado on December 10th. | Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an investigation into the collapse of an Amazon warehouse in Illinois that left six people dead. The damage was caused by a tornado that swept through the area Friday evening, leaving a path of destruction across three states.

In addition to the six people killed at the Amazon warehouse, 45 were rescued, according to The New York Times, which reported that local authorities had some difficulty determining how many people were in the facility at the time since many who work out of the warehouse are contractors for other companies.

“OSHA investigates all workplace fatalities and we are supporting them,” Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in an email to The Verge.


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