A coalition of unions analyzed injury reports from Amazon Inc.’s warehouse and found that workers’ injuries increased by 20% during the pandemic.
The Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of four unions, analyzed damage data that Amazon submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and found that in 2021, the serious injury rate at Amazon’s warehouse was 6.8 per 100 workers – more than twice as high as non-Amazon stock with 3.3 injuries per 100 workers, according to a report released on Tuesday.
While Amazon employed 33% of all U.S. warehouse workers in 2021, the company was responsible for 49% of all damages in the industry last year, according to the analysis.
Amazon̵7;s total claims rate over the past five years has been over 7.4 claims per 100 full-time employees in all but one year. The injury frequency in 2021, 7.9 injuries per 100 workers, is the second highest frequency in the last five years and a sharp increase from 2020, the report states.
From 2017 to 2021, the only year that Amazon’s injury rate dropped, 2020, was the same year that Amazon temporarily eased its workload pressures as part of its response to the covid-19 pandemic by suspending disciplinary action against workers for underperformance in terms of productivity. that in the report.
The report highlights changes in the law that aim to curb damage to warehouses with large volumes. In September 2021, California AB adopted 701, a bill that regulates the use of production quotas in stock. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Amazon acknowledged its problem and declared in April 2021 that it aims to reduce the claims rate by 50% by 2025, the report states.