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Frequency of worker injuries higher at Amazon than its rivals

| Jun 8, 2021 | Workplace Injuries |

Warehouse work is dangerous in California. Given the duties that workers must perform involving lifting, carrying, dealing with heavy machinery, coordinating with other workers, trusting employers to maintain a safe workplace and other factors, injuries are unfortunately common. The larger retailers have a seemingly endless amount of work and there is great pressure to complete jobs in a narrow time-frame. Warehouse employees must be aware of the dangers they face and know how to be approved for workers’ compensation benefits after injuries.

Study says Amazon’s warehouses have a higher number of accidents than others

One of the largest retailers in the world – Amazon – was recently reported to have a greater propensity for worker injuries than others. In the report by the Strategic Organizing Center, Amazon’s rate of serious injuries for warehouse workers is 80% higher than competing warehouses. There were nearly six for every 100 workers in 2020. Injuries that required workers to miss work or be placed on modified duty were categorized as “serious.” By comparison, another major retailer – Walmart – had three serious injuries for every 100 workers. Another study from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suggest that Amazon’s work injury rates are almost twice what other warehouses experience.

Amazon claims that it takes worker safety seriously and is constantly striving to improve in every facet. One program in which it spent at least $1 billion seeks to provide safety education for employees. It also tries to help them with personal care physically and mentally. Working conditions at the company’s warehouses have long been a topic for debate as many employees complain about the pressures they face and the scrutiny they are under even for taking too long on a restroom break. Amazon says it wants to cut worker injuries in half in the next four years. Workers tend to suffer repetitive motion injuries, strains, sprains and musculoskeletal issues.

Navigating the workers’ compensation process may require professional help

Those who have been injured on the job or are suffering from a condition because of the work they do have the right to expect workers’ compensation benefits to cover for all they have lost. However, there is often nuance with these cases and being approved can be complicated. Even if the benefits are approved, there could be a dispute as to the severity of the injury and a limit on the medical treatment and disability payments workers receive. Understanding how to present the case and provide all the necessary information is a fundamental part of a successful claim. To be fully prepared, consulting with those experienced in helping injured workers can be a vital aspect of a case.