The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Amazon Inc. for allegedly failing to keep workers safe from ergonomic hazards.
OSHA on Wednesday proposed $46,875 in penalties against Amazon after inspectors said they found hazardous conditions at warehouses in Aurora, Colo.; Nampa, Idaho; and Castleton, New York.
Amazon has been issued for not providing safe workplaces. Inspectors visited the three locations after receiving referrals from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
OSHA accused Amazon of putting workers at a high risk of low back injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. The risks relate to repetitive and frequent handling of packages and other items in the warehouses over a long period of time.
OSHA said it came across high rates of musculoskeletal injuries after reviewing on-site injury logs.
In January, OSHA issued similar citations over allegations of improper warehouse safety after visits to Amazon locations in Deltona, Florida; Waukegan, Illinois; and New Windsor, New York.
Amazon has 15 business days to dispute the referrals in the latest case.