OSHA Targets Amazon for Facility Safety

OSHA issued Amazon citations for 14 record keeping violations.   January 23, 2023

By Dan Hounsell, Senior Editor

Well, at least the focus of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors isn’t entirely on Dollar General, which has repeatedly been in its crosshairs for months. 

OSHA recently cited Amazon during inspections at six warehouse facilities in five states for failing to properly record work-related injuries and illnesses. The findings are part of an ongoing investigation. 

OSHA opened inspections in July 2022 at Amazon locations in: Deltona, Florida; Waukegan, Illinois; and New Windsor, New York; and in August 2022 at locations in: Aurora, Colorado; Nampa, Idaho; and Castleton, New York. 

OSHA issued Amazon citations for 14 record keeping violations, including failing to record injuries and illnesses, misclassifying injuries and illnesses, not recording injuries and illnesses within the required time and not providing OSHA with timely injury and illness records. Amazon faces $29,008 in proposed penalties. 

"Solving health and safety problems in the workplace requires injury and illness records to be accurate and transparent," says Doug Parker, assistant secretary for occupational safety and health. "Our concern is that nothing will be done to keep an injury from recurring if it isn't even recorded in the logbook which – in a company the size of Amazon – could have significant consequences for a large number of workers." 

Dan Hounsell is senior editor of the facilities market. He has more than 25 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management. 


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