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Popular Prime Day: A risk to workers’ health

| Aug 9, 2019 | Industrial Workers' Injuries

Amazon’s Prime Day is popular for many online shoppers. There are great sales and one-day delivery for all who take advantage of the event. 

However, Prime Day is not as positive for many of Amazon’s employees. Many of the industrial workers claim that Amazon’s goals for Prime Day lead them to put their work over their health and safety. And this can lead to serious workplace accidents.

Amazon is already under fire for workplace injuries and safety

Amazon warehouses and fulfillment centers have been listed as some of the most dangerous places to work in both 2018 and 2019. The warehouses in Baltimore and greater Maryland were no exception to this list. 

Workers face serious risks of both accidents and injuries daily. CEO Jeff Bezos states that Amazon is addressing these issues. However, the employees of the industrial giant say that they still deal with dangerous working conditions that put their health and physical well-being at risk. That risk only increases during Prime Day.

The pressure of Prime Day makes matters worse

Prime Day only lasted two days, from July 15 to July 16. However, employees report that their workloads increase significantly for nearly two months after the event. 

NBC News reports that Amazon warehouse workers across the country feel the pressure to meet strict deadlines during and after Prime Day events. And that pressure involves many heightened risks, including:

  • Longer work hours and lack of breaks that leave employees drowsy
  • Increased chances of sustaining or exacerbating employees’ injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or back injuries
  • Lack of air conditioning in warehouses that leads many employees to collapse from heat exhaustion

Many employees also report that Amazon centers are often slow to fix machines and equipment. The lack of repairs only increases the chances of workplace accidents.

Some employees report difficulty obtaining workers’ compensation

In the past, employees have stated that suffering a workplace injury at Amazon can leave them facing serious consequences. One delivery driver in Maryland suffered a slip and fall injury in 2017 and faced several legal challenges with the company before she recovered workers’ compensation for her injuries.

There are several Amazon warehouses and fulfillment centers around Baltimore and Maryland. So, all industrial employees must understand their coverage under Maryland workers’ compensation law (Maryland Code, Labor and Employment § 9-202). Workers’ safety and health should always be a priority, regardless of how busy things get at work.

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