A federal investigation has been launched after an Amazon worker died at a fulfillment center in New Jersey on Prime Day.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a regulatory department of the US Department of Labor that analyses and enforces workplace safety rules, launched an inquiry into the incident.
The details surrounding the worker’s tragedy have not been revealed, nor has the individual been recognized by name in reports about the incident that happened this week.
Dave Jamieson, a HuffPost journalist who broke the story first, confirmed the employee died at Amazon’s EWR9 fulfillment plant in Carteret.
Prime Day is a major yearly sales event that encourages customers to place large orders from the online retail giant.
Amazon’s most recent mega-sale took place on July 12 and 13.
In a statement, Amazon spokesman Sam Stephenson addressed the worker’s loss and stated that the business is providing support services to their family as well as other Amazon employees.
Stephenson said: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of one of our colleagues and offer our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
“We’ve contacted his family to offer support and will provide counseling resources to employees needing additional care.”
A Labor Department spokesperson confirmed that OSHA’s Avenal division is investigating the death of the employee.
Another spokesperson said the inquiry was launched on Thursday, July 14.
OSHA has six months to conduct an inspection and publish the results of its investigation.
The death of the Amazon employee comes as the business faces a bigger investigation into safety concerns at various facilities around the country by OSHA and federal prosecutors.
The civil inquiry originates from a number of accusations alleging workplace hazards at Amazon warehouses, which were brought to the Department of Labor by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
On Monday, July 18, OSHA officials inspected Amazon warehouses in New York City, Chicago, and Orlando.
Source: CBS News