Oftentimes, when we think about the places we work we feel protected by those who’ve hired us and assume there would be no issue with our taking time off for personal reasons or even for an injury that happened on the job. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case and they can even find themselves being taken advantage of by the very companies they work for. Major corporations such as Amazon have been under fire recently for not protecting their warehouse workers from preventable injuries. In one of these cases, an employee was left homeless and unable to work.
On October 24, 2016, Vickie Shannon Allen injured her back while counting goods at her workstation that was missing a brush guard. Brush guards are pieces of safety equipment meant to prevent products from falling onto the floor. While Allen had been using a tote bin to compensate for the missing guard, she hurt her back and was forced to work in an uncomfortable position. Over just a few weeks, Amazon’s medical triage area gave her a heating pad to use on her back, while Amazon’s management sent her home each day without pay until Allen pushed for workers’ compensation. Not only that, but despite not being paid, Allen was spending her own money to drive 60 miles one way to the warehouse each day just to be sent home.
Though Allen did eventually obtain workers’ compensation payments for her injuries and completed physical therapy allowing her to return to work without getting sent home, she wound up injuring herself again at the same workstation that had yet to be fixed. She was forced to go back on medical leave, taking two additional unpaid weeks off as she no longer had the money to drive to work. In April of this year, an MRI scan showed Allen was still injured; however that did not deter Amazon’s workers’ compensation insurer from dropping her as a patient. The workstation Allen where Allen was injured was not fixed until June of 2018—a full eight months after Allen’s initial injury. Allen currently lives in her car in the parking lot of the Amazon fulfillment center.
Unfortunately, Allen’s case is one of numerous reports of Amazon workers of being improperly treated after an avoidable work injury. Amazon’s warehouses were even listed on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s “dirty dozen” list of the most dangerous places to work in the United States in April 2018. The corporation made the list due to a pattern of unsafe working conditions and choosing to focus on overall productivity and efficiency rather than the safety and wellbeing of its employees.
Lubbock Workplace Accident Attorney for Warehouse Workers
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