Following the deaths of three employees inside Amazon warehouses in New Jersey in early Julyfederal authorities announced that they will begin to investigate the deaths.
Through a statement, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA for its acronym in English), announced that it will investigate the three deaths, which occurred in a single month in different stores of the sales giant Amazon.
Department of Labor spokeswoman Denisha Braxton confirmed Thursday that the most recent death took place last week, at an Amazon facility in Monroe Township. The inquest is looking into a July 24 accident at an Amazon facility in Robbinsville. The worker involved in that accident died three days later, Braxton added.
In a separate statement, Robbinsville Police Chief Michael Polaski reported that police responded to the warehouse, called PNE5, on July 24 after receiving a report that a worker fell from a three-foot ladder. (one meter) and hit his head.
Polaski said the worker was conscious and alert when police arrived. But police were told that other workers performed CPR on the person before they arrived, he said. The person was transported to a hospital and OSHA was notified of the incident the same day, he added.
Monroe Township police did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the incident there.
OSHA officials declined to provide additional information on any of the deaths, citing open investigations. The agency has up to six months to complete each investigation.
Amazon spokesman Sam Stephenson said in a statement that the company was “deeply saddened by the passing of our colleagues and offer our condolences to their family and friends.”
“Our investigations are ongoing and we are cooperating with OSHA, which is conducting its own event reviews, as it often does in these situations,” Stephenson said.
Last month, OSHA launched another investigation into the death of a worker at an Amazon warehouse in Carteret, New Jersey, during the company’s Prime Day shopping event, which turned out to be the largest in the history of the company. company. Federal authorities have not released additional details about the death, but news reports identified the worker as Rafael Reynaldo Mota Frías, 42.
An Amazon spokesman said the company’s internal investigation into Carteret’s death shows “it was not a work-related incident, but was related to a personal medical condition.”