Sep 30, 2020
Amazon warehouse robots 'increase staff injuries'
Amazon's use of robots in its warehouses has led to more injuries for human workers, an investigation says. Last year alone, there were 14,000 "Serious" injuries - requiring days off or job restrictions - and the overall injury rate was almost double the industry standard, it says. A few warehouses reported as many as five times as many injuries as the industry average, measured in serious injuries per 100 workers. Reveal's analysis of the data it received found that 2019's "Prime Day" sales period was "The year's most dangerous week for injuries at Amazon fulfilment centres, with nearly 400 serious injuries recorded across the country". In the UK, the GMB union alleged that hundreds of Amazon workers had sufferd serious injury or narrowly avoided an accident.
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