Amazon Struggling With Wide Variety of Workplace Accidents
Amazon has become incredibly prolific as a source for all types of goods, content, and services. Although Amazon started as merely an online bookstore, it is now considered one of the Big Four of technology alongside Google, Apple, and Facebook. Obtaining this prevalence and success required the hard work of thousands of employees. Unfortunately for many of Amazon’s warehouse employees, their hard work has been rewarded with dangerous workplace conditions.
In late December 2018, 54 Amazon warehouse employees in New Jersey were exposed to fumes when a robot punctured a can of bear repellant. Two-dozen workers were rushed to the hospital, including one worker in critical condition. Workers experienced difficulty breathing and reported their throats and eyes burned from the fumes. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is looking into the accident.
But if you think this was just a freak accident, you’d be wrong. In 2015, the exact same scenario played out in a Haslet, Texas warehouse when a robot ran over a can of bear repellant, causing it to release fumes. Sadly, Amazon warehouses have been home to a number of accidents and fatalities in recent years, so much so that The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health named Amazon to its annual “Dirty Dozen” list highlighting companies it believes put workers especially at risk because of unsafe labor practices. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health counted seven deaths that have occurred at U.S. Amazon facilities since 2013, including three at separate locations in the span of five weeks in 2017.
Warehouse Workers Have Rights
All U.S. workers have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. No one should have to risk his or her life just to bring home a paycheck. Amazon is responsible for providing all workers, including its warehouse workers, with safe workplaces. This includes providing safety training and safety equipment, and addressing all potential hazards in the workplace. Amazon has no right to neglect its responsibility at the expense of its workers.
Warehouse Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a warehouse accident, your injuries may have left you unable to work. Contact the experienced warehouse accident lawyers at Dax F. Garza, P.C. today for a free consultation to see how we can help you pursue compensation.