The first incident occurred on June 1, when a 52-year-old Amazon warehouse employee, Jody Rhoads of Carlisle when the motorized pallet jack she was operating crashed into shelving at the facility.
The second and latest fatality occurred Aug. 4 at the Allen Distribution warehouse, when 56-year-old worker Roger D. Fortune of Garland, Texas, became trapped and pinned between two tractor-trailers in the building’s loading dock area. According to Pennsylvania State Police at Carlisle, Fortune was immediately flown to Penn State University’s Hershey Medical Center, where three hours later he was pronounced dead.
While the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would not comment on either incident specifically, they did note that the warehousing industry has one of the highest fatal injury rates in the country; much higher than the national average. The agency said that more than 145,000 people work in more than 7,000 warehouses across the country. Among the more frequent hazards present in warehouses include the improper stacking of products, inadquate fire safety precautions, failure to use proper personal protective equipment and of course, misuse of forklifts.
OSHA is continuing to investigate the incident at the Amazon Fulfillment Center, and they have also initiated an investigation of the Allen Distribution incident, as well.