Family sued by Zappos employees killed in 2016 cave-in

Story by Hoda Khayat, correspondent for “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin”; photography by Nic Jones; video by Laura Demarco; editing by Chloe Baldwin Zappos is being sued by the families of six employees who…

Family sued by Zappos employees killed in 2016 cave-in

Story by Hoda Khayat, correspondent for “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin”; photography by Nic Jones; video by Laura Demarco; editing by Chloe Baldwin

Zappos is being sued by the families of six employees who died in a cave-in at the company’s Nevada warehouse in October 2016. In their lawsuit, the families blame an inadequate design, video cameras and shortcuts that have contributed to the dangerous working conditions in the warehouses.

A federal investigation found that the warehouse floor was poorly designed, allowing employees to bend or take extra steps to lift items into their baskets. An inspector said one worker was over the limit that allowed employees to bend forward for more than a few feet, likely because he was recording the unusual movement on his camera.

Also, staff shortages and odd schedules were blamed for the cave-in, but a former employee has written a letter to CNN, blaming the company’s famous customers as well as the company itself for making the warehouse unsafe.

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