Warehouse Accidents at Amazon Fulfillment CentersAugust 29, 2018
Amazon is the world’s most successful online retailer, making its founder, Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person in history. Unfortunately, many of the company’s former employees are struggling to make ends meet. Some are even homeless after workplace injuries left many of them unable to work.
According to an investigative report published in The Guardian, not only did the company terminate a number of employees after they became injured on the job, but Amazon also failed to provide the Workers’ Compensation benefits that all injured workers are entitled to receive.
One of the employees interviewed had worked as a counter in a fulfillment warehouse in Texas. She injured her back while standing in an awkward position at her workstation, which had a missing brush guard. When she complained about being hurt, she was given a heating pad, and sent home without pay.
She eventually received Workers’ Compensation benefits, and began physical therapy, but she reinjured herself at the same, unrepaired workstation. After taking medical leave, including two additional weeks of unpaid leave, she was eventually dropped by Amazon’s Worker’s Compensation insurer. Ultimately, she lost her home and is living out of her car.
Injuries from Unsafe Work Conditions
This is just one of many examples of employees who have been treated unfairly by Amazon after they suffered a workplace injury.
In addition to back injuries, falls, and knee injuries, other workers suffered from fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, and dehydration. One employee who worked in an Amazon warehouse in San Bernardino was taken to the hospital in an ambulance due to dehydration. She said that many employees do not report injuries because they are afraid they will lose their job.
Another warehouse employee from New Jersey injured his knees from repeatedly squatting and climbing up a step ladder. After working light duty for a period of time, his supervisor returned him back to full duty, at which time he reinjured both knees. According to the employee, Amazon refused to pay his medical expenses and would not accept his Workers’ Compensation filing.
According to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, Amazon’s warehouses were on the “dirty dozen” list of most dangerous places to work in the United States as of April 2018. The list includes companies that have a pattern of unsafe work conditions that prioritize productivity over employee safety.
An Amazon spokesperson said that protecting the safety of their 560,000 employees worldwide is the company’s top priority. She went on to say that Amazon conducts operational meetings regularly, and provides new hire orientations and training development programs that emphasize safety. If a serious incident occurs, she said, the company develops ways to improve these programs in order to prevent future incidents.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Unsafe Work Environments
If you have been injured while working at an Amazon warehouse, or any similar environment, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We are on your side and will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial benefits that you deserve. We will walk you through the claims process and ensure that your legal rights are always protected. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.