Workers at two facilities struck by tornadoes over the weekend say they were either told not to leave or threatened with termination if they left as the twisters bore down.
Article by Zachary Stieber from our premium news partners at The Epoch Times.
The tornadoes struck an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, and a candle factory run by Mayfield Consumer Products in Mayfield, Kentucky. Six Amazon workers were killed, including Larry Virden, 46.
Virden’s longtime girlfriend, Cherie Jones, told the New York Post that she received text messages from her partner shortly before the tornado hit.
“He’s like, ‘well Amazon won’t let me leave until after the storm blows over,’” Jones said.
The text was sent about 16 minutes before the tornado touched down. The couple’s residence is about 13 minutes away from the Amazon warehouse. Jones said she doesn’t fault Amazon.
“Not really. But it’s that what-if situation: What if they would have let him leave? He could have made it home,” she told the paper.
Asked about the account, an Amazon spokeswoman told The Epoch Times in an email that guidance from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “clearly states to take shelter immediately when there’s a tornado warning,” adding: “Our leaders on the ground followed their training and did just that, moving quickly to get people to take shelter immediately. That likely saved many lives from this storm.”
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Amazon offered condolences to everybody affected by the tornadoes, including those whose loved ones passed away, and said it was providing support to workers and partners in the Edwardsville area.
OSHA opened a probe into the warehouse collapse on Monday. Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker told reporters in a briefing that possible structural issues are among the issues being investigated.
The facility in Mayfield will also be investigated, by the Kentucky Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance. Such probes are common, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear told reporters Tuesday.
“So it shouldn’t suggest that there was any wrongdoing. But what it should give people confidence in, is that we’ll get to the bottom of what happened,” he said.
Multiple workers at the factory said supervisors told them they’d be fired if they left early on Friday as a tornado moved towards the facility.
“People had questioned if they could leave or go home.” McKayla Emery, 21, told NBC.
She overheard supervisors telling them, “If you leave, you’re more than likely to be fired.”
“I asked to leave and they told me I’d be fired,” added Elijah Johnson, 20.
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Mayfield couldn’t be reached. A spokesperson told NBC that the allegations were “absolutely untrue” and that workers have been able to since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic leave whenever they want and return the following day. OSHA guidance was followed, the spokesperson added.
The tornadoes in Kentucky killed at least 74 people, including eight at the factory. Those dead ranged from 2 months old to 98 years old; 12 were children. Beshear said that the death toll had not gone up overnight. Still, search and rescue efforts continue for over 100 missing persons.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
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There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
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