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Amazon workers ‘forced to go back to work' after fellow employee dies on shift


Added 10-19-19 10:18:02am EST - “An Amazon worker in apparent cardiac arrest was lying on the floor of a warehouse for 20 minutes before anyone noticed, according to a report. Billy Foister, 48, who scanned and stocked shelves for?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Amazon workers ‘forced to go back to work’ after fellow employee dies on shift”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An Amazon worker in apparent cardiac arrest was lying on the floor of a warehouse for 20 minutes before anyone noticed, according to a report.

Billy Foister, 48, who scanned and stocked shelves for the Internet giant, collapsed at an Etna, Ohio, facility just a week after he’d visited a medical clinic complaining of chest pains and a headache. He was given two beverages to combat dehydration and sent back to work, the Guardian reported.

Foister’s brother, Edward, told the paper he was shocked his brother was on the floor dying for so long before an Amazon floor monitor spotted him.

“How can you not see a 6’3” man laying on the ground and not help him within 20 minutes? A couple of days before, he put the wrong product in the wrong bin and within two minutes management saw it on camera and came down to talk to him about it,” Edward Foister said.

According to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, which included Amazon on its 2019 “Dirty Dozen” list of the most dangerous employers in the United States, six Amazon workers died on the job between November 2018 and April 2019. At the Etna warehouse alone, 28 calls to 911 were made between January and March 2019.

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