Amazon has come under fire for a range of alleged safety issues over the years, and a recent crane collapse in New York highlights these issues. Like many other injuries and accidents, this latest incident involves one of Amazon’s warehouses in New York. The truth is plain to see: Workers are being injured at a frequent pace, and federal investigators are slowly starting to gather further evidence of wrongdoing. Will any action be taken against Amazon for these alleged safety violations? That remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure: You have every right to file a workers’ comp claim if you suffer an injury in a New York warehouse.
Two Injured After Crane Collapse at Amazon Warehouse
On March 17th, it was reported that a crane had collapsed at a New York Amazon warehouse, causing two people to suffer injuries. This warehouse is still being constructed, and the injuries were suffered by construction workers. One individual suffered a leg injury that was reportedly “serious,” while a second individual suffered more minor injuries. Both had to be hospitalized as a result of the incident. The cause of the crane collapse is being investigated, and work at the site has been halted by the authorities.
This is Not Amazon’s First Injury Controversy
Amazon has been dealing with these kinds of controversies for years. Those who have worked at their warehouses tell shocking stories of impossible-to-meet quotas, non-existent safety protections, and a dismissive attitude towards workers who voice concerns. Federal investigators have been looking into these alleged safety issues, concluding that there is a serious risk of repetitive chronic injuries at the warehouses. But this might not tell the full story.
Amazon Forced to Pay Out $5 Million to Injured Workers
In Canada, Amazon was recently forced to pay out a total of $5 million to cover the cost of over 1,300 workplace injuries. The injuries were concentrated at a string of warehouses throughout the province of Ontario, and these injuries reportedly tripled since the start of the pandemic. This suggests that although the demand for online shopping may have increased due to Covid-19, Amazon has not put safety regulations in place that keep pace with this heightened workload. 22% of all the reported injuries involved lower back injuries, including strains and sprains.
Where Can I Find a Qualified Workers’ Comp Attorney in New York?
If you have been injured while working for Amazon or any other employer in New York, the Glassman Law Group has you covered. With our help, you can pursue the compensation you need and deserve for your workplace injury. A workers’ comp claim can cover medical expenses and missed wages – giving you a financial safety net while you heal and figure out your next move. Even if your claim has already been denied, we can help you push back and file an appeal. Book your consultation today.