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Amazon's Pennsylvania facility now has lower injury rate

Recently, Internet powerhouse Amazon.com was under fire for the working environment at its fulfillment center in Pennsylvania. The reportedly unsafe working environment, which included high temperatures and pressure to work at a high speed, was fixed by the company recently, and its workplace injury rate is now reportedly lower than those of other fulfillment centers across the nation.

Reports were filed by employees earlier this year that Amazon.com was exposing its employees to unsafe working conditions at a facility owned and operated by the company in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. The company, which had been accused of forcing its employees to work at an increased pace in a high-temperature environment, installed air conditioners at the fulfillment center and changed many of its safety procedures to optimize working conditions.

According to the company, the occupational injury rates at the Pennsylvania facility were below the rate of many other major industries including automobile manufacturing, department stores and general warehousing. The data they released, which was reportedly provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also showed that their Breinigsville facility now has a lower injury rate than other Amazon.com facilities.

The company also stated that before each and every meeting at the facility, a safety tip is provided to the employees attending. They also prided themselves on having safety leaders at each of their facilities, who have been designated to make sure that safety procedures are being followed and to find ways to make their working environment safer. Hopefully workers feel that the changes have helped promote a better and safer work experience.

Source: GeekWire, "Amazon: It's safer to work for us than a department store," John Cook, Oct. 24, 2011

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