Amazon.com Inc. became involved in huge legal matters when the business failed to report approximately 26 or more work-related illnesses and injuries in a New Jersey warehouse. They faced an outstanding $7,000 fine and many demands to change its warehouse work environment after the findings took place. The story began back in July when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an inspection and found that Amazon was failing to report workplace injuries, exposed employees to amputation risks, and failed to provide protective gear to employees when necessary. Medical personnel were left to fend for workers when they provided services beyond their expertise when being forced to tend to workers’ medical needs to prevent Amazon from receiving citations on injuries.
Amazon has worked endlessly to supply its fulfillment centers and hire more workers in their time of need as supply and demand has taken hold. Amazon’s online sales have only said to have grown, projected at bringing in up to $129.7 billion this year alone. During the latest holiday season, Amazon added more than 100,000 extra staff to the warehouses when needed. In 2013, it was noted that one of their temporary workers was crushed to death in New Jersey when they became involved in the duties of a mechanical package-sorting conveyor system.
OSHA has reported that warehouse workers have been exposed to stress from repeated bending at the waist during shifts lasting 10 hours or more and that the medical unit on-site at Amazon has been working beyond what they are allowed by their licensing and certification. Complaints have been made through the years for back, shoulder, and knee pain experienced while lifting items and moving them around the warehouse. In the citation from OSHA, Amazon was given 15 business days to pay the fine and comply with the agency’s safety requests.
Understanding Your Safety Rights
The employees of Amazon much like any employees working laborious jobs have rights and they are entitled to them at any cost. Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace and your employer must provide this workplace to you free of known health and safety hazards. OSHA requires that employers maintain the safest workplace that is free of hazards that they know or should know about including unsafe conditions or unsafe practices that could lead to injury or even fatalities. Likewise, you have many rights under OSHA. This means that you are permitted to file a complaint when you believe the workplace is unsafe and you cannot be retaliated against for doing so.
If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you have rights that you should know and understand. Like the workers involved in accidents at Amazon, you are able to speak up about your injuries and get the compensation you deserve after an accident has taken place. Call an attorney you can trusttoday at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to speak about your personal injury and what options you have. We take these matters very seriously.