Jun 2, 2021

Amazon warehouse injuries '80% higher' than competitors, report claims

Employees at US Amazon warehouses are injured at a higher rate than those doing similar jobs at other companies' warehouses, a new report has found. A union-backed study of safety data found Amazon workers had 5.9 serious injuries per 100 people - almost 80% higher than the rest of the industry. Compared to its largest retail competitor Walmart, Amazon's overall injury rate was more than double, at 6.5 per 100 employees compared with three. Technology news site Motherboard has this week published an Amazon warehouse pamphlet issued under the "Working well" branding, which tells workers they should think of themselves as "Industrial athletes". In a separate development for US Amazon employees, the company also said it will stop testing some employees for marijuana use.

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