Amazon has assumed a pervasive reach in the retail market in North Carolina and around the world. Many people place orders with Amazon because they can expect fast deliveries of the products that they want. However, the company has a history of worker safety at its distribution and transportation centers both in the U.S. and around the world.
According to EHS Today, Amazon has had a pattern of worker fatalities, allegations of unsafe work conditions and injuries in its distribution facilities. The company uses automated robot machinery in many of its centers, and the robots pose a serious risk of danger to workers.
Amazon has been named to the "dirty dozen" by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health as a company that puts the public and its workers at a heightened risk of serious injury. The organization notes that companies that are included on its list have received repeated citations from federal and state authorities, expose workers to preventable risks, have a history of severe worker injuries and have workers who are actively seeking to improve the safety at their workplaces. Amazon claims that all of its workers go through ergonomics assessments and complete safety courses. However, seven workers have died in Amazon facilities since 2013.
Workers who are seriously injured while they are working are entitled to recover workers' compensation benefits. By submitting claims to their employers' workers' comp insurance policies, injured workers may recover benefits to cover all of their related medical expenses. If they are disabled by their workplace injuries, the workers may also recover disability benefits on a temporary or permanent basis to replace a portion of the incomes that they formerly enjoyed. Injured workers and the families of workers who are killed in workplace accidents might want to consult with experienced workers' compensation lawyers for help.