Two other Amazon workers have died in New Jersey since Prime Day died at the Carteret plant.
A worker died July 13 from a “personal medical condition” at the facility. He was rushed to hospital on the second day of the retail giant’s annual sales event.
Amazon spokesman Sam Stephenson said the man’s death was not work-related, but he did not disclose a cause of death.
New Jersey 101.5 has confirmed that two more workers have died in accidents at Amazon’s New Jersey facilities, both located in Middlesex County.
Death of a Robbinsville employee
The first fatality occurred at the company’s premises on Applegate Drive in Robbinsville on Sunday July 24.
Robbinsville Police Chief Michael Polaski told New Jersey 101.5 that officers responded to a report of a person falling into an open docking bay.
“The police report indicates that the worker fell from a ladder approximately 3 feet hitting his head,” Polaski said in an email. “When the patrol arrived, the worker was conscious and alert, but it was reported that CPR had been performed by workers at the scene before police arrived. The victim was then transported to the regional trauma center of Capitol Health by Robbinsville Ambulance and Paramedics.”
The worker died July 27, according to OSHA spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Fortson.
Monroe Township worker dies
Amazon spokesman Sam Stephenson has confirmed that an employee at the company’s Middlesex County fulfillment center on Farrington Boulevard in Monroe died Thursday, August 4.
Police Lt. Griffin Banos told New Jersey 101.5 there was a first aid call at the facility on August 4. One individual was transported but no fatalities were reported in the building or in the township.
Stephenson released identical statements about both deaths.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague and our thoughts are with his family and friends. We are in contact with the employee’s family to offer support and we provide counseling resources for employees who need additional care. As is standard protocol, we are conducting an internal investigation and cooperating with OSHA, which is also conducting its own independent review.”
The establishment has been open for about a year.
Norcross calls for action over Amazon’s death rate
U.S. Representative Donald Norcross, DN.J. 1st District, said Carteret’s death was “preventable” and called on OSHA to “investigate unacceptable injury rates” at Amazon warehouses in the state.
He tweeted on Tuesday after USA Today Network first reported the Robbinsville and Monroe deaths.
“Amazon employs tens of thousands of New Jerseyans. Every one of them deserves a safe place to work,” Norcross tweeted.
Norcross is traveling out of the country on official Congressional business and was not available for immediate comment. Communications Director Britton T. Burdick told New Jersey 101.5 that as a former union leader, Norcross takes workplace safety very seriously.
“He unfortunately experienced three deaths on construction sites while working in the construction industry. When he learns that people in Jersey and across the country at Amazon facilities are getting injured and dying on the job, it’s not something he’s going to ignore, even if no one else is talking about it” , Burdick said.
The Democrat has asked OSHA to investigate the serious injury rate at Amazon warehouses that he says far exceeds the industry average. He also asked Amazon to improve conditions for its workers.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at email@example.com
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