New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyer Presented by Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall
New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyer Presented by Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall

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Amazon’s injury rate is double the national average

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2022 | Work Injuries

Amazon has become indispensable for many shoppers, who order everything from clothing to guitar strings to groceries. Its’ success has made founder Jeff Bezos one of the wealthiest people in the world and provided millions of jobs. But while the company likes to refer to itself as “Earth’s Safest Place to Work,” a recent study says otherwise.

According to the Strategic Organization Center (SOC), researchers found that Amazon accounted for nearly half of all injuries to warehouse workers, despite employing about one-third of the warehouse workers in the country. This amounts to 6.8 injuries per 100 workers, while the national average for warehouse injuries is 3.3 per 100 workers. And it got more dangerous, going from 27,100 injuries in 2020 to 38,300 injuries in 2021. The nature of the injuries is that a vast majority were severe enough that the worker needed to switch to light-duty or were unable to work in any capacity.

The SOC is a coalition of labor unions, but the organization’s background does not change the facts.

Why the large jump?

Of course, the pandemic closed many non-essential retail businesses and prompted many to embrace online shopping fully. It was good news for Amazon and other online retailers, but Amazon also needed to hire a massive number of workers. The high volume of business and a large number of inexperienced workers led to the jump in injuries.

Injuries were often caused by:

  • Repetitive motion
  • Bending
  • Straining
  • Hand injuries due to tools like box cutters

Amazon says it is aware of the issue

Amazon says it had made strides in worker safety, dropping its injury rate by 13% before the pandemic. Amazon also pointed out that it invested $300 million on worker safety in 2020, which it claims led to a 43% drop in employees missing work due to injury or illness.

No numbers for New Jersey, but…

The numbers were not broken down by state, but Amazon has nearly 20 facilities spread across the state. New or experienced workers may find that they too are injured on the job. Those with questions or concerns regarding their treatment by the company or filing for benefits can contact a lawyer experienced in filing and appealing worker’s compensation claims.