What is happening: The safety record of retail giant Amazon has been put into question after a horrific disaster last weekend.
Disaster: An unforeseen tornado tore off a section of a warehouse roof in Baltimore, causing a concrete wall to collapse and kill two contractors.
Dirty dozen: Amazon were actually placed at the top of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s dirty dozen list of companies that put workers at risk.
Numbers: Workplace deaths have risen 12% between 2013 and 2016. In 2016 there were 151 workplace deaths due to roof-related structural issues. Structures/surfaces are the third highest workplace killer behind people and vehicles.
What did Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-exec director of COSH say: “We need more resources for research, training and enforcement, not less. Otherwise, employers like the Dirty Dozen get the message that it’s okay to cut corners on workplace safety. It’s not okay — ever — when a worker doesn’t come home to his or her family.”
What did Amazon say: Amazon responded to COSH by ensuring they would put employee safety first.