Lawmakers are investigating Amazon’s labor practices after an Illinois warehouse collapse sparked fears for workers’ safety
Amazonis being investigated by the House Oversight Committee over its laborpractices.
- In December, six employees died after a
warehousecollapsed during an extreme weather event.
Amazon is being investigated by the House Oversight Committee, following a deadly warehouse collapse in December.
On Friday, lawmakers wrote a letter to the company’s CEO Andy Jassy seeking documents regarding its labor practices.
In December, at least six employees died at an
The committee urged Andy Jassy to provide more information on its practices “particularly during severe weather events.”
The letter was signed by three US House Representatives: Carolyn B. Maloney,
The lawmakers said they were “concerned by recent reports that Amazon may be putting the health and safety of its workers at risk, including by requiring them to work in dangerous conditions during tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme weather.”
They also referenced reports of employees being threatened with termination if they left work and sought safety during the dangerous storm.
“As one of our country’s largest and most profitable corporations, it is imperative that Amazon protect workers’ safety and refrain from practices that could put them in danger,” the letter read.
Amazon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.
The letter highlighted other occurrences such as Amazon workers reportedly being required to stay on the job during deadly wildfires in California in 2018, extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest in 2021, and dangerous flooding during Hurricanes Irma in 2017 and Ida in 2021.
Insider’s Isobel Asher Hamilton reported in January that the family of an Amazon driver killed in the December warehouse collapse is suing the company. A group of 23 US lawmakers previously sent a letter to Jassy and Amazon chair Jeff Bezos.
The committee said it wanted to know about Amazon’s workplace policies or practices that may have prevented the workers from seeking safe shelter.
It added: “This