Terrified workers at the Amazon warehouse flattened by a tornado in Illinois were told to shelter in the bathroom — before the twister then killed six employees, according to a chilling 911 call.
The female caller told the dispatcher that she and two other women — delivery drivers employed by an Amazon contractor – pulled into the warehouse’s southern lot in Edwardsville after 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Business Insider reported.
She said they were instructed to “go straight to the bathroom,” rather than the warehouse’s designated tornado shelter.
“We all three got into a corner,” the worker said, while other workers hunkered down in a men’s bathroom nearby and others took shelter in the center of the warehouse.
The bathroom was “blocked in on us and we’re underneath a bunch of rubble. … I hear other people screaming but I don’t know where they are. … I’m so scared. Please help me,” the unidentified woman said, according to the outlet, which obtained the audio from the Edwardsville Police Department.
She said one of the two women was “unresponsive.”
When asked if she could administer CPR, the caller said, “I didn’t feel a pulse … We can’t help her.”
On Monday, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it had launched an investigation into the deadly collapse.
“OSHA has six months to complete its investigation, issue citations and propose monetary penalties if violations of workplace safety and or health regulations are found. No further information will be available until OSHA has completed their investigation,” spokesman Scott Allen said in a statement.
Labor groups have slammed Amazon’s actions in the lead-up to the tornado, in particular its refusal to allow employees to leave and shelter at home, the outlet said.
Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford has said that those trapped deep in the rubble were likely doomed from the start.
“These walls are made out of 11-inch-thick concrete, and they’re about 40 feet tall, so a lot of weight from that came down,” he said.
Amazon workers also have denounced the Jeff Bezos-owned company’s ban on cellphones in work areas.
The company currently bans workers from using their phones on warehouse floors except during emergencies. Amazon workers argue that employees need phones to access alerts about tornadoes and other emergencies.
Amazon spokesman Branden Baribeau has told The Post that all employees in Edwardsville had been allowed to use their cellphones and have them on their person on the day of the disaster.
And in a statement to Business Insider, a company rep said Amazon followed federal tornado safety guidelines by acting as quickly as it could to get workers to shelter inside the facility.