Three Amazon warehouses were visited by OSHA inspectors this week as part of a growing investigation into potential workplace hazards.
CNBC References that federal officials are beginning to focus on Amazon’s workplace safety risks. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) visited Amazon warehouses near Albany, New York, Denver, and Boise, Idaho, on Monday.
The workplace inspections are part of an investigation launched last month by OSHA and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In July, OHSA officials inspected three more Amazon locations in New York, Chicago and Orlando following referrals from SDNY prosecutors.
Last month, the US Attorney’s Office said the civil division was investigating reports of potential workplace safety hazards at Amazon warehouses in the US. The investigation also investigates potential fraudulent behavior that attempts to hide injuries from OSHA.
Current and former Amazon employees were asked to report information about working conditions using a online form set up by federal prosecutors. The survey asks at one point: “Have you seen workers work in unsafe ways to try to meet their productivity/rate requirements?” Another question is: “Do you think Amazon discourages workers from reporting injuries?”
OSHA recently confirmed to CNBC that it has launched investigations into Amazon warehouses in Colorado, Idaho and New York. The spokesman said the investigations were the result of allegations of safety and health violations at “several Amazon facilities.”
An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC that the company intends to cooperate with OSHA and its investigations. “We believe it will ultimately show that these concerns are unfounded,” the spokesman said.
Concerns about the safety of workers at Amazon facilities have been growing for several years as the company continues its takeover of America’s retail and logistics sectors.
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