ALBANY, NY – Two workers were killed on the job at the XPO Logistics warehouse in Lockport, New York. Christopher Klosin, 38, and Roger Mangine, 62, were attempting to unload 11 slabs of Dupont’s Corian brand countertop weighing over 800 pounds each when the slabs toppled over on top of them.
The transportation and warehousing industries are among the most dangerous professions in the US. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 1,388 deaths of workers in the transport and material moving sector in 2016, a 7 percent increase from the prior year. On January 25, 2018 a complain had been filed with OSHA concerning a forklift safety issue in the XPO Albany facility which remains unresolved. A UPS worker was killed on December 15th last year at the UPS hub near Atlanta, Georgia.
Although employees regularly complained about safety issues at XPO, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters were unsuccessful at organizing the workers.
XPO is the third largest transportation company in the United States behind Federal Express (FedEx) and United Parcel Service (UPS). The company pulled in $15.3 billion and had a net income $360.2 million in 2017, with a current total employment of 95,000.