Injuries at Amazon higher than at other warehouses at other companies By Lonce Lamonte - April 16, 2023
Injuries at Amazon have typically been higher compared to its peers in the industry. Safety experts blame the company’s fast-paced warehouses that allow customers to get their packages quickly. A report released in early April 2023 stated Amazon’s injury rate was 70% higher in 2022 compared to non-Amazon warehouses.
From data given from within Amazon, the company’s injury rate was 6.9% in 2022, 7.9 in 2021 the year before, and 6.6% in 2020. The findings mirror a similar report Amazon released this year showing the same injury rate for its warehouses.
Amazon has acknowledged its problem with higher injury rates to its retail competitors and has said its trying to improve it. But it hasn’t stopped probes from federal safety regulators who’ve cited several Amazon warehouses in the past few months for putting workers at risk.
Those citations were made by OSHA, which opened inspections into facilities last summer after receiving referrals from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.
The study showed slight improvements in the company’s serious injury rate – 6.6 per 100 workers in 2022, compared to 6.8 in 202. But it also noted Amazon accounted for more than half of all serious injuries in the industry despite only employing 36% of warehouse workers in the country.
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