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View Diary: Amazon keeps warehouse injury rate low by pressuring workers not to report injuries (14 comments)

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    1. the minor injuries are indications of health and safety issues which need to be addressed before they cause more serious injuries/illnesses.
    2. less oversight from OSHA
    3. workers with injuries can be fired when they are unable to fully perform their job (often after the deadline to file a workers comp claim)
    4. no protection or medical care for an injured worker who has ongoing or recurrent medical problems.

    Amazon uses "Behavioral Safety" to blame workers for injuries and illness. The idea behind "behavioral safety" is that workers should behave safely, instead of the company taking care of dangerous situations. If they were really interested in safety, most accidents and injuries can be prevented by making changes to get rid of hazards and most dangerous situations can be fixed permanently with physical or mechanical changes.

    Amazon (last time I heard a couple of years ago) routinely tests injured workers for drugs -- no matter whether they had any agency in the accident. This is a great (perfectly legal) way to discourage injury reporting.

    Others have commented on reward systems for non-reporting.

    I've always wanted to document and report company doctors and nurses to the state licensing boards for malpractice. Do that a couple of times and scare these folks who prioritize the company's orders over patient care.

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