Worker Complaints Lead to Cal/OSHA Citations at Amazon for COVID-Related Violations

After months of complaints from workers, Cal/OSHA cited Amazon on October 6th for safety failures in its response to COVID-19 outbreaks at two major warehouses in Southern California: the LGB3 Fulfillment Center in Eastvale and the DLA8 Delivery Station in Hawthorne.

 

Workers filed complaints with Cal/OSHA because they were tired of a company run by the richest man on Earth failing to adequately protect them and their families from COVID-19. The citations show workers were right to complain, because despite everything Amazon has publicly claimed to be doing, Cal/OSHA still determined that the company violated the law and failed to fulfill several essential safety responsibilities as an employer. 

 

Cal/OSHA cited Amazon for failing to provide effective training to workers on COVID-19 hazards and prevention methods. Effective training is one of the foundations of workplace health and safety. Without training, safety policies often fail to take place in practice, leaving workers exposed to the dangers of this deadly disease. 

 

These citations come on the heels of major revelations around Amazon’s approach to health and safety in its warehouses in the past week — Reveal News’ findings of extremely high injury rates in many warehouses, including the Eastvale LGB3 site. According to Amazon’s reports to Cal/OSHA, in both 2018 and 2019, there were over 18 recorded injuries per 100 workers, against an industry standard of four injuries per 100 workers.

 

We stand in solidarity with Amazon workers, who deserve protections and a safe workplace. It’s shameful that @JeffBezos made over $55 billion in 2020 while Amazon’s inadequate COVID-19 response endangered workers’ safety and the public health.

 

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1 Comment on "Worker Complaints Lead to Cal/OSHA Citations at Amazon for COVID-Related Violations"

  1. Bezo the richest man in the world can afford his company to join a union. Jeff Bezo should not have stop the 2 extra dollars a hour till COVID 19 face mask wearing and social distancing measure are over and gone. He needs to join a union that offers employees a more stable wage and less employee turnovers. Jeff Bezo should be fined for not for following proper working procedures during these hard times. Amazon overall Needs better leadership and most of all a unionized environment with great pay wages and lower number on employee turnovers.

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