Amazon Workplace Injuries
Delivery to your door within 2 hours comes at a price.
Having items delivered to your door within 2 hours of ordering them is an absolute modern miracle. But it is taking its toll on Amazon’s warehouse staff and delivery personnel. That toll is being seen in a staggering rise in Amazon workplace injuries. From tripping, falling, slipping, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, at places such as the shipping and receiving docks. Injuries involving fork-lift trucks, conveyor belts, storage accidents, to injuries that occur just as a result of overall manual shipping and handling procedures.
On September 23, 2017, PhillipTerry, 59, was killed when his head was crushed by a forklift at an Amazon warehouse in Plainfield, Indiana.
On Sept. 19, 2017, Devan Michael Shoemaker, 28, was killed when he was run over by a truck at an Amazon warehouse in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
With strict delivery times come strict performance monitoring (right down to the number of bathroom breaks you can take). Amazon has even patented a wristband that tracks warehouse workers’ hand movements!
Meaning if you don’t meet their quotas, or you are found to be inefficient or ineffective in your fulfillment duties you will likely be let go. However, when meeting Amazon’s requirements and expectations of their fulfillment jobs, your body and health are put at significant risk. In part due to the stressful demanding daily working conditions, one must suffer as an employee.
Using A. I. Robotics
In an effort to counter many of the risks to you its employees, Amazon is using A. I. robotics to assist you in their order fulfillment procedures. This action is helping to put, you the employee, at significantly less risk of personal injury.
At one time, Amazon hired over 800,000 warehouse employees, many of you have now been replaced by A.I. robotics. While Amazon is maximizing the safety and health of its employees, workplace injuries are still going to occur. Especially given Amazon still has around 125,000 warehouse employees like you exposed to the aforementioned risks to your body and overall health.
The Darker Side
The darker side of Amazon’s working conditions is also as deeply troubling as how wondrous and awe-inspiring Amazon’s A. I. Robotics are.
According to a horrifying investigative article by The Guardian, in April 2018, it found Amazon’s warehouses were listed on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s “dirty dozen” list of most dangerous places for you to work in the United States. For example in Seattle, Washington
Seven workers have been killed at Amazon warehouses since 2013 – including three workers within five weeks at three separate locations in 2017.
Too young for back problems
After injuring his back, one employee was being told by superiors he was too young to have back problems. Others complain of their paperwork being held up so they can receive the proper treatment they require. Or worse, not being provided with any at all. There is little doubt Amazon, in general, is doing all they can technically and educationally to ensure the health and safety of their employees. However, it’s not humanly possible to manage all the claims and injuries that having so many warehouse fulfillment employees are going to bring.
Injured on the job at Amazon
Have you or a loved one been injured on the job at an Amazon workplace in Texas? First of all, get some legal advice. We suggest you contact us at STREET LAW FIRM. (We are not associated with Amazon in any way.)
The legal team at our Dallas offices are led by Dan Street who is a proven and experienced personal injury lawyer. Dan has earned his clients tens of millions of dollars over the 35 years he has been in practice.
Let Amazon talk you into using one of Amazon’s doctors or agree to mediation before talking to an attorney. Do not sign anything without you first talking to our office or to another legal firm.
What you must do
Notify your supervisor of your work-related injury in writing, right away. Seek medical treatment for your injuries, as soon as possible, from a doctor of your choosing. Furthermore, the staff at our office can advise you if you need us to. Just give STREET LAW FIRM a call at 972-404-8585 or Toll-Free at 866-529-3737)
Finally, remember there are no up-front costs or out of pocket expenses until your Amazon Workplace Injury case has been successfully resolved. Give us a call.
Also, you can use our case submittal form here.