Amazon warehouses in New York and elsewhere are being investigated by federal prosecutors and the US Department of Labor over unsafe working conditions, ABC News reported. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted inspections “related to, among other things, the work rate required by Amazon for its warehouse workers,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
In addition to investigating potential safety risks, investigators also looked into “possible fraudulent conduct designed to conceal injuries from OSHA and others,” the agency added. He said he opened the inspections based on referrals from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York regarding alleged safety and health violations. It also surveys Amazon workplaces outside of Illinois and Florida.
Over the past few years, Amazon has faced a number of workplace safety complaints and investigations, particularly regarding demanding jobs. Earlier this year, the Washington State Department of Labor cited and fined the company for “drudgery at a dangerous pace” in Kent. Last year, the company released a rare excuses for tweets attacking criticism of working conditions, particularly that drivers and other workers were forced to pee in bottles to achieve their goals.
Following the collapse of a warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois during a hurricane, the company was criticized by members of Congress and the Senate for “completely insufficient” warehouse security. In April, workers at the Staten Island warehouse in New York vote to form the company’s first American union.