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Amazon workers getting injured at higher rates compared to competitors, labor union claims
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Amazon warehouse workers are allegedly getting injured more frequently and more severely compared to workers at rival companies, according to a new report.
In 2020 alone, there were over 27,000 recordable injuries, according to findings by the Strategic Organizing Center (SOC), which were made public in its "Primed for Pain" report. Recordable injuries can be anything that requires medical treatment beyond first aid or that limits and even prevents an employee from being able to keep working.
For every 100 employees, there were 5.9 serious injuries, forcing employees to either miss work entirely or work in a limited capacity, the SOC, which is a democratic coalition of four labor unions, claims.
A majority of these injuries, according to workers surveyed by the SOC, are related to "production pressure or speed."
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"Amazon’s abysmal health and safety record is not an accident," the SOC wrote. "Rather, it is the predictable outcome of a company that prioritizes speed, growth and profits over the health and safety of its employees"
The SOC further claims that Amazon's serious injury rate is nearly 80% higher compared to "all other employers in the warehousing industry in 2020."