The past few years have brought profits and growth to Amazon, but it’s come at a cost to many workers. Amazon warehouse employees are injured on the job at a higher rate than at other companies, even as the company has claimed to prioritize safety.
Host Al Letson speaks with Reveal’s Will Evans, who’s been reporting on injuries at Amazon for years. By gathering injury data and speaking with workers and whistleblowers, he has focused national attention on the company’s safety record, prompting regulators, lawmakers and the company itself to address the issue more closely.
Then, we bring back a story by Reveal’s Jennifer Gollan that looks at the most common type of injury at Amazon and other workplaces and why the government chose not to try to prevent it.
We end with a reprise of a story from reporter Laura Sydell about online reviews of products and businesses and how many of them are not what they seem.
- Read: All of Reveal’s reporting on Amazon
- Listen: Amazon Leaks
- Watch: The truth about injuries at Amazon
- Interactive: What are injury rates like at Amazon warehouses?
Reported by: Will Evans, Jennifer Gollan and Laura Sydell | Produced by: Katharine Mieszkowski and Chris Harland-Dunaway | Lead producer: Katharine Mieszkowski | Edited by: Taki Telonidis and Michael Montgomery | Production manager: Najib Aminy | Production assistance: Amy Mostafa | Sound design and original music: Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda | Executive producer: Kevin Sullivan | Host: Al Letson
Special thanks: Andrew Donohue, Kate Howard, Esther Kaplan, Soo Oh, Rachel de Leon and Melissa Lewis
Support for Reveal is provided by the Reva and David Logan Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, Democracy Fund, and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.