Physical labor, such as that carried out in a warehouse, can take a toll on your body. Making matters worse are tight deadlines, repetitive motions, and a lack of adequate safety procedures and equipment. As a result, many workers are injured on the job, leaving them in a difficult financial position as they try to find a way to obtain much needed medical care, all while they are unable to work and earn a wage.
Amazon serving as a poor example of workplace safety
Thousands of Amazon warehouse workers across the country know the realities of workplace injuries all too well. According to a recent report, the online retailer has seen a significant increase in worker injuries over the last several years, with 2019 seeing about 14,000 injuries that were classified as serious. That figure equates to a nearly 8% injury rate across Amazon workers. While Amazon disputes how “serious injuries” were determined in that report, it didn’t dispute the increased injury rate, which now rests at double the expected industry standard.
Amazon warehouse workers, like other workers across the country, face challenges that increase their likelihood of injury. Amazon workers, for example, are often expected to double, triple, or even quadruple their work output during peak times. This increase can lead to more errors and exposure to dangerous conditions.
Additionally, since Amazon has moved more towards automated processes, workers likely come into more close contact with heavy machinery than ever before. This, too, can increase the chances of being injured in a workplace accident.
Stand up for yourself and what you deserve
Perhaps the saddest part of this report on Amazon is that workers are apparently being discouraged from reporting their injuries. Don’t let that happen to you. In fact, waiting too long could affect your ability to recover the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled. These benefits can be crucial to your ability to maintain financial stability and obtain adequate medical treatment.
You might run into a whole host of issues as you pursue your workers’ compensation claim, though, which is why it might be best to discuss your case with an attorney who can help protect your interests and increase your chances of securing the resources you need.