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USA: ‘Intense work pace’ at Amazon warehouses may increase risk of workers developing musculoskeletal disorders, report finds

Author: Alexia Fernandez Campbell, Vox, Published on: 22 October 2019

"The problem with Amazon’s speedy shipping, in one graphic", 18 October 2019

Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, say they package about four online orders every minute. If they stop for a few seconds...it hurts their performance evaluations...

...The...[New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health] is concerned that employees are developing musculoskeletal disorders from the intense work pace....

...Sixty-six percent of the 145 workers surveyed...said they experience physical pain while performing their regular work duties and 42 percent said they continue experiencing pain when they aren’t working...

 ...A large number of workers also said that their work conditions are psychologically distressing...

A spokesperson for Amazon called the report “biased” and “unreliable” and pointed out that only about 3 percent of the workforce in Staten Island was surveyed. “It is an example of selective data skewed to support false statements by an organization that’s sole business objective is to misinform the public on Amazon’s safety record...”...

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