The dangers of Amazon, Tesla
Amazon and Tesla are among the top 12 most-dangerous places to work in the US, according to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. Tens of millions of workers suffer from risks in the workplace because employers fail to observe well-documented safety practices, says the outfit in its the Dirty Dozen 2018 report.
Criteria for inclusion in the Dirty Dozen includes the severity of injuries to workers; exposure to unnecessary and preventable risk; repeat citations by relevant state and federal authorities; and activity by workers and their allies to improve health and safety conditions.
At Amazon, COSH reports seven workers killed at warehouses since 2013, including three within five weeks in 2017.
“Amazon workers suffer injuries – and sometimes lose their lives – in a work environment with a relentless demand to fill orders and close monitoring of employee actions,” the report says.
Earlier this year, Amazon snagged a patent to enable even more intrusive monitoring of its workforce. “The new ultrasonic wristbands – not yet in use – can record each worker’s hand movements and buzz a worker’s wrist if he or she makes a movement in the wrong direction,” says COSH.
The agency tags Tesla “a company of the future under working conditions of the past”. Recordable injuries for workers at Tesla Motors were almost one-third higher than for the rest of the automotive industry in 2015 and 2016, while serious injuries are 83% higher. COSH says that despite attempts by Tesla management to intimidate them, workers are organising to form their own union.