Report says web giant avoided workplace safety rules

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

A report published jointly in Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Atlantic indicates that web commerce giant Amazon may have dodged workplace safety officials for years prior to 2015. New Jersey readers might be interested in the specifics of the report. Amazon says it never had a policy of under-reporting employee injuries and claims that it introduced a policy to record all employee injuries during the year 2016. According to the report, though, the company took steps to minimize or shift blame for employee injuries or deaths on many occasions.

According to the report, Amazon ignored requests by employees or gave incomplete records at least a dozen times in connection with injuries. These actions may have been in violation of federal rules. The company allegedly told some employees that they had the right to request records only for the time period during which they were employed, but a spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that is incorrect.

According to the piece published in The Atlantic, former Amazon safety managers claimed the company had a policy of minimizing the number of workplace injuries that it reported prior to 2015. The report also claims that an OSHA investigator was told to manipulate the reporting of an employee death at Amazon to shift the blame from the company to the employee.

All employers in New Jersey are required to provide their employees a safe work environment, but employers also have financial incentives to cut corners and place blame for injuries on employees. In cases where an employee is injured on the job, an attorney might help the injured party secure benefits from the state’s workers’ compensation program. An attorney may gather evidence to put together a claim or communicate with government officials on the client’s behalf. An attorney may also be able to file an appeal for claims that have been denied.