In 2021, Amazon warehouses had a rate of 7.7 injuries per 100 workers, compared with 4.0 injuries for every 100 workers at all other warehouses.
Amazon’s serious injury rate was 6.8 per 100 workers, compared with 3.3 for every 100 workers at all other warehouses.
Amazon’s ALB1 warehouse in Castleton, New York had the highest injury rate of any Amazon warehouse in 2021, with 19.8 serious injuries per 100 workers.
Michael Verrastro, who worked at Amazon’s ALB1, commented, “It’s sort of hypocritical for Amazon to claim that safety’s their number one issue. It’s a fallacy that they like to put forth that they’re more concerned about safety, when they clearly are not. They’re more concerned about profit.”
Union organizer, Brett Daniels, at JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island in New York, said, “Amazon’s constant disregard for safety is by design. Like many corporations, Amazon prioritizes profit over people.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha), delivered alert letters on ergonomic hazards at the Amazon warehouses detailing risk assessments that found numerous jobs at Amazon warehouses exposed workers to “high risk of serious musculoskeletal disorders”.