Paper: Pa. warehouse heat sent several to hospital

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 5:05 PM
Paper: Pa. warehouse heat sent several to hospital

A newspaper says sweltering conditions inside an Amazon.com warehouse in eastern Pennsylvania over the summer sent several employees to hospitals and led to a federal inspection.

The (Allentown) Morning Call ( http://bit.ly/qopNb6) reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued no fines but made recommendations on how the company could improve its heat-stress management plan at the Breinigsville warehouse.

The newspaper cited documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request in reporting that an emergency room doctor at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest called an OSHA hotline in June after seeing several workers. A company official later said 15 employees had heat-related symptoms, and six were treated at a hospital.

An Amazon official said in a statement that the company goes to "great lengths to ensure a safe work environment."

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com