Federal Authorities Investigate Safety and Working Conditions in Amazon Warehouses

Federal authorities said Monday they are investigating Amazon warehouses over alleged violations of workplace safety.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) spokesperson, Nicholas Biase, said the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected Amazon warehouses outside New York, Chicago, and Orlando on Monday.

SDNY said it is investigating injuries due to workplace hazards, worker rate requirements, and pace of work. SDNY added that it has also been looking at the accuracy of Amazon’s reporting of on-the-job injuries.

The spokesperson of the Department of Labor said that OSHA conducted investigations at Amazon workplaces in New York, Illinois, and Florida as a response to SDNY’s referral of the case. The labor department did not disclose other details because of the ongoing investigation.

The media reported that workers at Amazon warehouses have complained about working conditions, including grueling pace, uncomfortable heat, and possible injuries.

In April, New Jersey Congressman Donald Norcross called OSHA to investigate Amazon warehouses because of increasing workplace injuries.

“I am deeply troubled by the injury rates at Amazon facilities in New Jersey and nationwide. Workplace safety at Amazon’s New Jersey warehouses is clearly not a priority; otherwise, the rate of injury would be decreasing — not skyrocketing,” Norcross said.

SDNY has called previous and current workers at Amazon warehouses to provide information on their working conditions to aid the investigation.

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