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Amazon Urged to Review Emergency Plans in Wake of Deadly Tornado

  • Bullhorn to warn workers was locked in a cage, regulators said
  • Company says it has already stepped up emergency drills
The tornado’s aftermath.
The tornado’s aftermath. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Amazon.com Inc. should better prepare workers for extreme weather events, according to federal regulators who investigated a deadly tornado strike on a company warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois. 

The storm ripped through the facility in December, killing six workers and injuring several others, prompting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to launch a probe. At the time, Amazon said the facility complied with all construction regulations and that proper safety procedures were followed when the tornado struck. But several workers told Bloomberg that training for such events was minimal and mostly entailed pointing out emergency exits and assembly points.