UK: High ambulance callouts to ASOS & JD Sports warehouses raise concerns over working conditions

Author: BBC, Published on: 9 May 2019

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Ambulances were dispatched 40 times to JD Sports' troubled Rochdale site last year, while there were 45 callouts to the Asos warehouse in Grimethorpe.

Union Unite said the figures reignited concerns about working conditions...

The figures, based on Freedom of Information requests, showed that ambulances were called out to the Rochdale warehouse 117 times over the past three years and 148 times to the Asos site in South Yorkshire...

...The figures do not detail why the ambulances were called out, but previous instances of poor working practices in warehouses include staff subject to timed toilet breaks, invasive security checks and exhausting targets...

...21 ambulances were called to the Amazon warehouse in Warrington in 2018, six to its site in Doncaster and one to its Water Vole Way unit in the town.

... a spokesman for JD Sports said given the scale of its operations, the number of incidents in which an ambulance was called out was "proportionally very low".

Asos and XPO Logistics, which runs the Barnsley site, said: "Since 2013, the accident/incident rate has declined considerably year-on-year and has remained significantly below the industry standard throughout this period."

Amazon responded claiming it had more than 40% fewer injuries on average than other transportation and warehousing companies in the UK.

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