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OSHA to Investigate Worker Death at Central Pennsylvania Amazon Warehouse

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration will investigate the death of an Amazon employee that occurred Tuesday September 19th at an Amazon warehouse in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall says 28-year-old Devan Shoemaker was killed when he was run over by a truck at the facility.  Shoemaker was trying to help a truck driver hook up a trailer to his rig when he was accidentally run over.  He was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:15pm.

According to OSHA spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins, the agency has up to 6 months to complete its investigation of the fatal incident.

“The safety of our employees is incredibly important to us,” Amazon said in a statement Thursday. “Our thoughts are with Devan’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

This is the 2nd incident at this Amazon fulfillment center in 3 years.  In 2014, a woman was fatally pinned and crushed between a storage rack and the seat of a pallet truck.

Amazon was previously fined $7,000 last year for failing to report at least 26 work-related illnesses and injuries in a New Jersey warehouse

Amazon employs more than 230,000 employees worldwide, with just over 9,000 full-time employees in Pennsylvania.