While most of us can agree on the increasing status and convenience of ordering from Amazon, warehouse staff members might not think as highly of the company. A growing company means a growing staff, and oftentimes this leads to overlooked safety measures, overworked employees, and even serious injuries.
Recent grievances reported by Amazon workers have ranged from sustaining carpal tunnel syndrome and working 14-hour work days to even being hospitalized after a robot accidentally released bear spray in the warehouse. Unfortunately, the injuries and risks don’t end there. A recent study from the Guardian highlights the less than favorable work conditions and the potential dangers Amazon workers face on a daily basis.
With the constant demand of fulfilling orders, packaging and shipping items of all sizes, and operating heavy machinery, it is no surprise that warehouse injuries happen so frequently. Aside from the physical demand, with many workers being tracked with regard to how quickly they fulfill their duties, mental instability comes into play as well. Numerous workers are so overworked and sleep deprived, they begin to feel drowsy, clumsy, and delusional. You can imagine the toll this would take on someone working in a warehouse, where potential dangers lurk around every corner.
Some of the most common risks and workplace injuries sustained in a warehouse include:
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Being hit by falling objects
- Slips and falls
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Lack of sleep
- Rapid work environments causing overlooked safety measures
- Lack of safety training
- Forklift accidents
- Electrical problems
- Negligent maintenance of workplace equipment
Workplace Accident Help
In order to prevent workplace injuries, safety regulations must be put in place before injuries are sustained. In Amazon’s case, numerous workers reported being ignored or denied after claiming a workplace injury, often left to suffer through the pain. This is simply not okay. If you or a loved one has suffered a Texas workplace injury that was not properly handled, we want to help. Contact the workplace injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group for a free consultation today.