The US Government is inspecting Amazon warehouses over ‘potential worker safety hazards’

Amazon warehouses in New York City and elsewhere are under investigation by federal prosecutors and the US Department of Labor over unsafe working conditions. abc news has called. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted inspections “related, among other things, to the work pace required by Amazon for its warehouse workers,” a spokesman said in a statement.

In addition to examining potential safety issues, investigators were also looking into “possible fraudulent behavior to hide violations from OSHA and others,” the agency added. It said it opened inspections based on referrals from the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York regarding allegations of safety and health violations. It also examines Amazon jobs outside of Illinois and Florida.

In recent years, Amazon has faced a number of complaints and investigations related to workplace safety, particularly in demanding jobs. Earlier this year, the Washington state Department of Labor cited the company for “exhausting work at an unsafe pace” in Kent and fined it. Last year, the company issued a rare apology for tweets attacking criticism of working conditions, specifically forcing drivers and other workers to pee on bottles to meet targets.

After a warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, collapsed during a hurricane, the company was criticized by members of Congress and the Senate for “completely inadequate” warehouse security. In April, workers at the Staten Island warehouse in New York voted to form the company’s first US union.

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