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Deadly Collapse at Amazon Warehouse Puts Spotlight on Phone Ban

  • Online retailer is returning to a cell phone ban in warehouses
  • Workers say they want access to weather alerts, communication
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Tornado Kills at Least Six at Amazon Warehouse

An Amazon.com Inc. warehouse collapse on Friday night that killed at least six people has amplified concerns among its blue collar workforce about the return of the internet retailer’s mobile phone ban in work areas.

The warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, near St. Louis, was reduced to rubble when a string of tornadoes ripped through six states, leaving a trail of destruction that stretched more than 200 miles. Emergency responders expect recovery efforts to continue into next week.