Federal and state regulators will investigate the Amazon warehouse collapse.


Federal and state officials said Monday they would investigate Amazon delivery depot crash A tornado hit Edwardsville, Illinois on Friday, killing six people.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said on News conference that the state is continuing to investigate whether the building was built to comply with building codes, while federal workplace safety regulators said they were opening an investigation following the collapse.

Company officials defended their safety guidelines.

At a press conference, Amazon spokesman Kelly Nantel said the company believes the building was built correctly despite catastrophic damage. “Obviously, we want to go back and look at all aspects of this,” she said.

Mr Pritzker said he has already spoken with lawmakers about whether to update the state’s building codes “based on the climate change we are seeing all around us.” He added: “This is something we are deeply concerned about to make sure the code is where it should be.”

The federal investigation will be conducted by the local OSHA office, which has compliance officers since Saturday, said Scott Allen, a regional spokesman for the agency. He said the agency has six months to “complete its investigation, publish quotes and propose monetary penalties if it detects workplace safety and / or health violations.”

John Felton, head of logistics for Amazon, said at a press conference with the Governor of Illinois that “everything we saw, all procedures were followed correctly.” He said that 46 people at the delivery depot at the time the tornado hit were acting “heroically” using telephones, megaphones and other tools to move as many people as possible to safety.

Thirty-nine people took refuge in a space on the north side of the building that was “almost intact,” Mr. Felton said, and seven people gathered on the south side of the building, which fell in the path of the tornado.

The shelters were not separate rooms, but were indoor spaces away from windows and other hazards, Ms Nantel said.

Gov. Pritzker said the risk of flooding in the industrial area where the building is located prevents the construction of basement structures that could provide better protection. He said there was “constant surveillance” of the initial confusion over how many people were in the building, which was staffed by many contractors who were not required to scan their badges when they entered the building at the end of their shift.


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