Last year, the severe injury rate at the Bessemer Amazon facility increased by 44%, according to a new study

Last year, the severe injury rate at the Bessemer Amazon facility increased by 44%, according to a n ...

Even as workers on Amazon applied for a labor union, the rate of serious injury at the Bessemer warehouse increased by 44% from 2020 through 2021.

According to a recent survey from a labor union, Amazon employs a third of its warehouse workers in the United States, but accounted for a little less than half of the total losses for the sector.

The Strategic Organizing Center (SOC), backed by four labor unions, claims that the rate of serious damage at Amazon warehouses throughout the country is twice as high for those who do not own the company.

According to a new study, there were over 38,000 total recorded injuries at Amazon facilities in 2021, indicating that roughly 34,000 cases were severe enough that workers either missed work or were in no position to perform their regular duties.

The Service Employees International Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Communications Workers of America, and the United Farmworkers of America are the members of the SOC. This study looked at the 2021 injury data Amazon submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Last year, the SOC published a similar report.

According to the latest study, Amazon "has not only failed to make any progress on improving its injury rates, but has performed significantly worse than previously, citing significant concerns about Amazon's management's commitment to preventing worker injuries."

"Amazon's obsession with speed has played a role in increasing its injury rates. Amazon uses extensive productivity and monitoring capabilities to increase the pressure on workers to move at dangerous speeds," the report said.

Employees at Bessemer would be represented by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) as part of two campaigns.

Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokesperson, said the company has hired "tens of thousands of additional people to assist us in overcoming the unforeseen demand from Covid-19."

"Like other industries in the industry, we saw an increase in recordable injuries during this time from 2020 to 2021, although, when you compare 2021 to 2019, our recordable injury rate decreased by more than 13% year over year," said Nantel.

According to the SOC report, the number of injuries that required lost time last year was the second highest in the last five years for Amazon, just ahead of 2019.

While we still have more work to do and will not be satisfied until we are exceptionally in safety, we continue to make significant improvements in reducing injuries and keeping employees safe, and we sincerely gratify all of our employees and safety teams who are assisting this effort, Nantel said.

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