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Amazon employees say they weren’t all alarmed when smoke spread through a warehouse

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Amazon employees claim they weren’t all properly alerted when they thought it was smoke that filled the third floor of a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, on Friday, according to a report by Amazon Retail, wholesale and department store union (RWDSU) (rev entry). While workers on the third floor were told to clock out, voluntarily take unpaid leave and evacuate, employees on the other floors were reportedly allowed to continue working as an unidentified steam spread throughout the facility. The “smoke” later turned out to be evaporated oil from a defective compressor.

According to the RWDSU schedule, workers on the third floor were evacuated around 1:30 p.m. Hours later, workers on the first floor began seeing the smoke-like substance and…

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https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/27/22998856/amazon-workers-werent-all-alerted-smoke-spread-through-warehouse-bessemer-alabama Amazon employees say they weren’t all alarmed when smoke spread through a warehouse

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