COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Four days after a tornado swept through Edwardsville, Illinois, killing six employees at an Amazon fulfillment center, the company said employee safety here in central Ohio is his number one concern.
While company representatives said they couldn’t specifically explain what happened in Illinois, they answered questions about safety and emergency preparedness at the centre’s facilities. from Ohio.
The site manager of an Amazon fulfillment center said on Tuesday that employee safety is something that begins on day one, and employees participate in several training exercises each month to make sure they are emergency loans.
At Amazon’s distribution center on Lockbourne Road, signs throughout the facility direct employees to assembly areas, shelter-in-place locations and escape routes.
One of the biggest questions after the fatal tornado this weekend was about the company’s cell phone policy. Officials said all Amazon employees are allowed to keep their phones with them to receive alerts.
Officials said there is also a management team on the ground – one team leader for every 10 employees, and they say those leaders can react quickly in an emergency.
“I can certainly say that safety is our number one priority,” said Garret Deore, site manager at the Columbus distribution center. “Amazon prioritizes safety during the construction of all buildings and every day through our associates. “
“The entire Amazon family is heartbroken by what has happened in Illinois right now,” said Jessica Pawl, spokesperson for Amazon. “We are working as closely as possible with the recovery teams, and our thoughts and prayers are with the community, the affected families and the entire Amazon team that was based there.”
Amazon said many of its contingency plans are specific to each particular facility and the risks associated with it. And after Saturday’s tragedy, they say the Amazon community is on the minds and hearts of everyone at the company.
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