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Two UPS employees crushed to death at shipping hub at Ontario Airport

Two UPS workers were killed in a workplace accident at a delivery hub at Ontario Airport on Monday.
Two UPS workers were killed in a workplace accident at a delivery hub at Ontario Airport on Monday.
(David Goldman / Associated Press)

Two UPS workers died at a shipping hub at Ontario International Airport on Monday morning after a tractor-like vehicle tipped over and crushed them.

The Ontario Fire Department notified the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health at 7:21 a.m. about the double fatality.

“According to the outside source, a tug tipped over and crushed the two employees,” Cal/OSHA spokesperson Luke Brown said. Tugs are tractor-like vehicles used to tow heavy loads.

The airport is a major shipping hub. In 2016, it underwent an expansion to double its production, according to the Press Enterprise.

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“We want to express our condolences to the friends and family and co-workers and everyone who knew the employees,” UPS said in a statement Wednesday. “We are focused on people using safe work habits, and we are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation.”

UPS and Cal/OSHA, which is investigating the fatal accident, could not comment on the tug that was involved.


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