SAN FRANCISCO -- A worker at a facility that sorts packages for Amazon.com died after being crushed by equipment, according to the company and government officials.
The incident happened on Dec. 4 at the facility, which is used for general warehousing and storage, in Avenel, New Jersey, according to a report by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA.
The male worker was caught in between and crushed by equipment at the facility, according to Joanna Hawkins, Deputy Regional Director at the U.S. Department of Labor. OSHA is investigating the incident and has six months to release its findings, she added.
"We're very saddened and our hearts go out to his family and loved ones." Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako said. The worker was not employed by Amazon, she added, while declining further comment.
The facility, which is owned by Amazon, is not one of the company's traditional, large fulfillment centers. Rather it is used to sort packages for the company and the sorting is overseen by a third-party called Genco, a supply chain and logistics firm.
A Genco marketing and communications representative Donald Rendulic did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.