In a 2019 investigation, we used dozens of injury records from Amazon facilities across the U.S. to explain how the company’s obsession with speed turned its warehouses into injury mills.
It was a partial picture of the issue, informed by documents from 23 of Amazon’s then-110 fulfillment centers. Taken together, the records showed that the rate of serious injuries for those facilities was more than double the national average for the warehousing industry.
Now, a new cache of company records we obtained shows that Amazon officials have misled the public and lawmakers about its record on worker safety. These records include weekly data from 2016 through 2019 from more than 150 Amazon warehouses. They expose the brutal cost to workers of Amazon’s vast shipping empire – and the bald misrepresentations the company has deployed to hide its growing safety crisis.
This update to our Behind the Smiles Reporting Network expands its potential significantly, offering local reporters a chance to investigate a national story about one of the world’s biggest companies in their own backyards.
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- Toronto Star: More than 600 Amazon workers in Brampton got COVID-19. Why were so few reported to the province?
- BoiseDev: Injuries at Amazon: Eight times more workers hurt at Amazon facilities nationwide than Idaho’s average
- Toronto Star: Amazon warehouse workers in Canada saw injury rates double. Then COVID hit. Inside a hidden safety crisis
- Toronto Star: Amazon’s speed shouldn’t come at the expense of workers
- Cleveland Scene: We Are Entering Serious Injury Season at Amazon Warehouses in Northeast Ohio
- Portland Mercury: What it’s like to work at Troutdale’s notoriously dangerous Amazon warehouse
- Oregon Public Broadcasting: A discussion about the human toll of Amazon’s delivery times
- Sacramento Business Journal: Sacramento’s Amazon warehouse has among the worst injury rates
- KUER: Need for Speed – Amazon warehouse production quotes take toll on Salt Lake City workers
- KUER: Across the nation, Amazon warehouse injury rates twice the average
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Tell us about any injuries, working conditions at Amazon fulfillment centers in NE Ohio
- Fresno Bee: Injuries at Fresno’s warehouse double California’s industry average
- Valley Public Radio: Injuries at Amazon’s Fresno warehouse double the state industry average
- Fresno Bee: Fresno Amazon employee has Coronavirus. Workers wonder why they weren’t notified earlier.