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Forbes: OSHA Launches Investigation Into Amazon Warehouse Hit By Tornado

Forbes recently published insight featuring Michel Anteby, Professor of Management and Organizations, about OSHA’s investigation of the deadly collapse of the Amazon warehouse located in Edwardsville, Illinois caused by a tornado

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December 13, 2021

Forbes recently published insight featuring Michel Anteby, Professor of Management and Organizations, about OSHA’s investigation of the deadly collapse of the Amazon warehouse located in Edwardsville, Illinois caused by a tornado. The article explores the timeline associated with the investigation, assuring that in similar cases, an abundance of media attention will reveal any violations or report findings.

Much of the investigation focused on safety protocols for the Edwardsville Amazon warehouse employees.

“The Amazon warehouse collapse reminds us that most contemporary workplaces are not conducive to fostering a culture of safety. Decades of research on team dynamics highlights that rotating people in and out of teams is often counter-productive in terms of safety outcomes.”

Michel Anteby
Professor of Management & Organizations

A possible outcome from the devastating collapse of the Edwardsville Amazon warehouse may result in new safety standards finally be discussed and enforced, Michel concluded.

Michel Anteby is a Professor of Management & Organizations at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and (by courtesy) Sociology at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He also co-leads Boston University’s Precarity Lab. His research looks at how individuals relate to their work, their occupations, and the organizations they belong to. He examines more specifically the practices people engage in at work that help them sustain their chosen cultures or identities. In doing so, his research contributes to a better understanding of how these cultures and identities come to be and manifest themselves. Empirical foci for these inquiries have included airport security officers, clinical anatomists, factory craftsmen, ghostwriters, puppeteers, and subway drivers.