Amazon criticised for more than 1,000 serious injuries

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An investigation by the GMB union found that more than 1,000 serious injuries at Amazon facilities were reported to health and safety bodies since 2016.

294 were reported in the financial year 2020/21 – up from 231 the year before, or an increase of 27%. This compared to 139 reports in 2016/17.

Local authority inspection reports obtained by GMB revealed multiple areas of concern, including injuries to workers, unsafe working conditions, concerns over Covid-19 safety measures, and poor health and safety record keeping or a lack of compliance with inspectors.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer said: “More than a thousand serious injuries at Amazon sites is a shameful statistic and one that the company must address urgently.”

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