Mother Jones illustration; Getty Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. The Amazon fulfillment facility in Eastvale, California, was gearing up for its annual onslaught of holiday orders in October 2016 when Andrea appeared for her first day of work. A creative child from a working-class Latino family, Andrea dreamed of becoming an English teacher. With her job at Amazon, she hoped she could work and pursue an education at the same time. For years, the 27-year-old English major had taken other short-term warehouse jobs—mostly for retail companies, including the shoe store Zumiez. The work ranged from tagging items to entering UPC codes for returned packages. It was mundane, but it was a good way to make money while she finished her degree. Andrea assumed Amazon would be similar, albeit more strenuous. More than two years later, injuries to her shoulder, neck, and wrist sustained during her time at Amazon—lifting up to 100 items an hour, … [Read more...] about She Injured Herself Working at Amazon. Then The Real Nightmare Began.
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NEW YORK -- Two dozen workers were taken to hospitals Wednesday morning following an incident at an Amazon warehouse apparently involving an aerosol can of bear attack repellent, according to an official. One worker was in critical condition, said Robbinsville, New Jersey, spokesperson John Nalbone. More than 50 workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, were impacted and reported having difficulty breathing and a burning sensation in their throats and eyes, said Nalbone. He said a preliminary investigation revealed that an aerosol can of bear attack repellent fell off a shelf at the Amazon fulfillment center and accidentally dispersed. Amazon spokesperson Rachael Lighty said "a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility." She said all employees in the area were relocated to a safe place and that some employees were transported to hospitals for evaluation and treatment. As of late Wednesday morning, there was no … [Read more...] about 24 taken to hospitals after apparent bear attack repellent leak at Amazon warehouse
BALTIMORE — The fire department says one person is dead and another was unaccounted after a weather-related building collapse at an Amazon distribution warehouse on Baltimore's southeast side, the Baltimore Sun reports. Chief Roman Clark tells the Sun that a 50-foot wall collapsed late Friday at the Amazon Fulfillment Center as a storm hit the area. Clark says one person was found under debris and taken to a hospital, where the person was pronounced dead, the Sun reports. He adds that a second person was unaccounted for. Images taken from outside the facility showed a badly damaged truck and a knocked over light pole, the Sun reports. The National Weather Service had earlier warned of thunderstorms in the area, with some producing gusty winds and heavy rain. … [Read more...] about Person dead, another missing after Amazon warehouse collapse in Baltimore
Zoë Bernard, provided by Published 10:24 am PDT, Sunday, September 16, 2018 FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, workers prepare to move products at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon is paying workers to defend the company on Twitter, reassuring critics that they make enough money to live and are allowed to take bathroom breaks. The tweets are part of Amazon’s plan to combat negative headlines and online chatter about poor working conditions at its warehouses. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) less FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, workers prepare to move products at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon is paying workers to defend the company on Twitter, reassuring critics that they ... more Photo: Patrick Semansky, Associated Press The label machine slaps a shipping label on an order at the Amazon Fullfillment Center in Schertz, TX. Thursday, April 16, … [Read more...] about Some Amazon employees are reportedly accepting cash bribes from online sellers to delete negative product reviews (AMZN)