Amazon Under Fire for “Fraudulent Scheme” to Play Down Hazardous Working Conditions

  • Prosecutors for the Southern District of New York are investigating whether Amazon “engaged in a fraudulent scheme” to deceive lenders about injury rates at its warehouses to obtain credit.
  • Federal workplace safety regulators filed four new citations against Amazon over hazards related to its pace of work, which inspectors found put workers at high risk for various injuries.
  • Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has allegedly cited misleading statistics, claiming that Amazon’s injury rate is “sometimes misunderstood.” 

Katherine Long from Insider writes:

Prosecutors for the Southern District of New York are investigating whether Amazon “engaged in a fraudulent scheme” to deceive lenders about injury rates at its warehouses in order to obtain credit, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

The investigation was announced on the same day federal workplace safety regulators filed four new citations against Amazon over hazards related to its pace of work, which inspectors found put workers at high risk for back, muscle, and joint injuries. The citations were the latest in a string of fines leveled against Amazon for putting workers at risk of such injuries.

An Amazon spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions.

Media reports and federal inspections have previously alleged that Amazon has underreported and misrepresented injuries at its facilities.

In December, federal regulators cited Amazon for not recording worker injuries properly. A 2020 investigation by the nonprofit newsroom Reveal found that Amazon had “deceived the public” about an epidemic of injuries among its warehouse workers. As far back as 2015, regulators fined Amazon for failing to record injuries as required…

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