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Report: Summer heat in eastern Pa. warehouse sent several to hospitals, prompted inspection
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) ' A newspaper says sweltering conditions inside an Amazon.com warehouse in eastern Pennsylvania over the summer sent several employees to hospitals and led to a federal inspection.
The (Allentown) Morning Call (http://bit.ly/qopNb6 ) reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued no fines but made recommendations on how the company could improve its heat-stress management plan at the Breinigsville warehouse.
The newspaper cited documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request in reporting that an emergency room doctor at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest called an OSHA hotline in June after seeing several workers. A company official later said 15 employees had heat-related symptoms, and six were treated at a hospital.
An Amazon official said in a statement that the company goes to "great lengths to ensure a safe work environment."
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com