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amazon phoenix facilityThe Phoenix, Arizona, facility where a dead newborn baby was found in a trash can in a women’s restroom on Wednesday.ABC15
  • Police in Phoenix, Arizona, found a newborn baby dead inside a trash can at a women’s restroom at an Amazon warehouse on Wednesday.
  • The baby was beyond resuscitation when first responders arrived, officers told local media.
  • Amazon said this was a “terribly sad and tragic incident,” and that it is cooperating with police.
  • Business Insider has previously documented evidence of ambulance calls for maternity-related issues at Amazon distribution centers around the world.

A newborn baby was found dead in a trash can at an Amazon warehouse in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Someone made the discovery inside a women’s restroom at the distribution center and called the police around 8:30 p.m., the local news site Arizona’s Family reported.

The baby was beyond resuscitation and confirmed dead when first responders arrived at the scene, police told the local ABC15 news channel.

amazon warehouseThe baby was beyond resuscitation when first responders arrived, police told local media. Here, a worker collects orders at Amazon’s fulfilment center in Rugeley, England, in December 2012.REUTERS/Phil Noble

Police have opened an investigation into the death, Arizona’s Family said.

The baby’s gender was not clear. Amazon declined to give further details to Business Insider on how the baby was found and who raised the alarm.

An Amazon spokesman told Business Insider in a statement: “This is a terribly sad and tragic incident. We are working with local authorities to support their investigation. The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority.”

Jeff BezosAmazon called Wednesday’s incident “a terribly sad and tragic incident.” Here, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.Cliff Owen/AP Images

Business Insider has found evidence of poor work conditions at some Amazon warehouses.

A Freedom of Information investigation revealed 600 ambulance calls to Amazon’s UK sites between 2015 and 2018, three of which were for maternity and pregnancy-related issues.

Mick Rix, an officer for British trade union GMB, said UK Amazon warehouse workers had suffered miscarriages at pregnancy issues in the past.

amazon warehouse workerBusiness Insider has previously documented evidence of dire work conditions at Amazon distribution centers around the world.Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Amazon warehouse workers in the US, UK, and Germany previously told Business Insider’s Shona Ghosh that pressure to hit targets makes it difficult to take toilet breaks or eat.

The company has said that it doesn’t recognize this portrayal of its work conditions.

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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.

Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.

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