Amazon Warehouse Injuries Significantly Higher Than Competitors [Infographic]
For more than a decade, Amazon AMZN has made headlines for dangerous health and safety conditions at its warehouses and the company was forced to apologize earlier this year after falsely denying that its employees were forced to urinate in plastic bottles. A new analysis conducted by The Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of labor unions, has found that Amazon has a significantly higher warehouse injury rate than its competitors. The research blames the company’s obsession with speed and it states that it has come at a huge cost to its workforce.
In 2020, there were 6.5 injuries per 100 full time employees at U.S. Amazon warehouses compared to 4.0 injuries per 100 full time employees at all non-Amazon warehouses. Amazon’s injury rate last year was also more than twice as high as its largest retail competitor, Walmart WMT . Not only are workers at Amazon warehouses injured more frequently than elsewhere in the industry, they are also injured more severely. There were 5.9 serious injuries per 100 Amazon warehouse workers last year that required them to miss work entirely or be placed on light or restricted duty, a rate nearly 80% higher than the wider warehouse industry.
The analysis also states that Amazon warehouse workers who experienced lost-time injuries were forced off work for 46.3 days on average, a week longer than the average recovery time in the warehouse industry and two weeks longer than the average worker who suffered a lost-time injury. The Strategic Organizing Center based its findings on data that Amazon provided to OSHA annually within the General Warehouse and Storage industry. Amazon reported injury and illness information for 658 of its facilities in 2020.