Dec 14, 2021

Amazon criticised over safety at tornado-hit warehouse

Now, questions are being raised over whether adequate shelter was available, whether workers were advised to go there immediately, and whether the shifts should have gone ahead that evening at all, given the warnings of severe weather. The company said that the team worked "Incredibly quickly" to ensure as many employees and partners could reach the "Shelter in place" site. Clayton's sister Rachel told the BBC that she understood from the conversation between her brother and her parents that he and the other workers were not immediately told to shelter after the first warning siren sounded. Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is trying to unionise Amazon workers in different parts of the US, said it was "inexcusable" that the company required people to work despite the tornado warning. Amazon doesn't employ many of these workers directly she added, using subcontractors instead, potentially allowing them to sidestep questions over whether those workers should have been called to work on Friday evening.

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