An Amazon fulfillment center accident has killed two construction workers in Suffolk, Virginia. Officials said that the accident occurred early last Saturday afternoon at Northgate Commerce Parkway. Construction at the fulfillment center was halted as investigations into the incident commenced.
Details about the incident have not been revealed. However, officials have confirmed that it was a “construction-related accident" involving Conlan Company, a firm that was building the fulfillment center. Initial reports indicate that the incident involved a structural collapse.
Plans for the fulfillment center were announced last March by Governor Ralph Northam and Amazon. The facility is projected to bring about 1,000 jobs to the area.
The Conlan Company Has a History of Serious OSHA Violations
13News Now reports that this isn’t the first problem that Conlan Company has had with safety. The construction company received a serious violation as it built a similar Amazon fulfillment center in Stone Mountain, Georgia last March.
According to records, the company violated training requirements provided by Section 1926.1430(d) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations.
This section states the following: "Competent persons and qualified persons: The employer must train each competent person and each qualified person regarding the requirements of this subpart applicable to their respective roles."
Conlan Company paid OSHA a $5,205 penalty for this infraction. It also received two other citations for safety violations in the last five years.
Currently, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is investigating the Suffolk Amazon construction site accident to determine if Conlan Company caused the accident by violating safety regulations. It might take months for officials to determine the cause of the accident.
The Suffolk Police Department is also investigating the incident and hasn’t publicly identified the victims.