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Amazon has been fined a measly $7,000 after a 20-year-old worker was crushed to death in a gruesome warehouse accident that likely could have been prevented if better safety measures had been in place.
“On the afternoon of May 8, Caes Gruesbeck, 20, was trying to clear an obstruction on an overhead package conveyor at an Amazon distribution center in Fort Wayne, Ind.,” The Washington Post reported Sunday.
“He was en route to the jam in an elevated lift when his head collided with the conveyor and became trapped by the machinery, according to a Sept. 18 safety order. He died of blunt force injuries.”
Following an 11-week investigation, Indiana safety officials concluded that Amazon failed to provide a safe workplace “free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death.”
“According to the Indiana safety order, Amazon should have properly trained employees like Gruesbeck, enforced safety rules about driving elevated lifts under low clearance machinery and more clearly demarcated ‘danger zones,’” the Post reported.
Despite a finding of lax workplace protocols that resulted in death, Amazon‘s penalty was a safety citation with a pitiful $7,000 fine — the maximum allowed in Indiana.
Stunningly, the mega-corporation — whose 2022 revenue topped $513 billion — is contesting the $7,000 fine.
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