Amazon Worker Dies At Fulfilment Centre During Prime Day
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HuffPost labour reporter Dave Jamieson took to Twitter to say that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the news to him.
The OSHA spokesperson said the death occurred at the Amazon fulfilment facility in Carteret, New Jersey, adding that it is investigating the incident.
Jamieson wrote: "OSHA confirmed for me that an Amazon worker died at the company's EWR9 fulfillment center in Carteret NJ last week during the Prime Day bonanza. OSHA is investigating."
OSHA confirmed for me that an Amazon worker died at the company's EWR9 fulfillment center in Carteret NJ last week during the Prime Day bonanza. OSHA is investigating. I've asked Amazon for comment. If you work at Amazon and have info on what happened DM me. I'm also on Signal.— Dave Jamieson (@jamieson) July 18, 2022
He also shared a statement from Amazon spokesperson Sam Stephenson, which reads: "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."
Stephenson also told Rolling Stone: "We’ve contacted his family to offer support and will provide counselling resources to employees needing additional care."
No further details on the incident have been provided at the time of writing. UNILAD has reached out to Amazon and the OSHA for comment.
Prime Day is Amazon's biggest sale of the year. Usually held during the summer months, the annual event is for Prime members only.
This year's edition ran from July 12 to 13, with buyers able to benefit from slashed prices across all categories, including up to 60% off a wide selection of technology.
Shortly after the sale, the online retail giant confirmed 2022 had been the biggest Prime Day yet as members worldwide saved over $1.7 billion.
Statistics show that members purchased 100,000 items per minute during the sale, and the best-selling global categories were Amazon Devices, Consumer Electronics, and Home.
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