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Accident: 141824.015 - Six Employees Are Killed During Tornado

Accident: 141824.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 12/10/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1569032.01512/16/2021Boxify Logistics, Llc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1568754.01512/15/2021Ab&C D.A.D. Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1569037.01512/15/2021Xseed Delivery Llc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1568757.01512/15/2021Cbre, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1569037.01512/15/2021Xseed Delivery Llc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1568754.01512/15/2021Ab&C D.A.D. Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1569037.01512/15/2021Xseed Delivery Llc

At 8:27 p.m. on December 10, 2021, Employees were performing end of shift duties , some returning vehicles after completion of delivery routes and a tornado stru ck the Amazon DLI4 delivery facility, located in Edwardsville, IL. Severe storms had entered the area at approximately 8:00 pm. Management at the site began not ifying contracted delivery company dispatchers to decide if delivery drivers wou ld return to the site or seek shelter at their locations. Electronic warning sys tems delivered storm and tornado warnings to the site, between the periods of 8: 06 pm and 8:16 pm, via a web-based application. After the alerts, the on-site ma nager and accompanying process assistant began running through the warehouse and shouting in order to get employees to the northern end of the building, where a tornado shelter had been designated. At approximately 8:18 pm, tornado sirens s ounded in the Edwardsville, IL area. Approximately 10 people did not take shelte r at the northern end of the building, and sought shelter in a restroom at the s outhern end. At approximately 8:27 pm, a tornado touched down in front of the de livery facility; cut through the building, moving in a west to east direction; a nd, lifted just after it reached the end of the property line. The tornado lifte d the roof of the building, which caused a section of the southwest wall to fall inward, and a section of the southeast wall to fall outward. The section of the collapsed southwest wall fell on the restroom at the southern end, where the em ployees took shelter, which caused the restroom to be crushed. Of the 10 workers located within the restroom, six were killed due to crushing, and one was criti cally injured and hospitalized. Three were trapped, but rescued with minor abras ions. All remaining personnel were evacuated from the building, after the site w as cleared by emergency responders.

Keywords: blunt force trauma, building collapse, crushed, weather

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1569032.015 34 F Fatality Truck drivers, light
2 1568754.015 28 M Fatality Truck drivers, light
3 1569037.015 62 M Fatality Dispatchers
4 1568757.015 30 M Fatality Machinery maintenance occupations
5 1569037.015 46 M Fatality Truck drivers, light
6 1568754.015 26 M Fatality Truck drivers, light
7 1569037.015 38 M Hospitalized injury Truck drivers, light

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