Industrial Safety

Report: Amazon and Tesla facilities among the most dangerous workplaces in America

By Melanie Ehrenkranz, for Gizmodo

May 01, 2018

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The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has released a report singling out 12 companies that most put their workers at risk, and Amazon and Tesla both made the list.

“Every day there are workers who don’t come home to their families because of tragedies we know could have been prevented,” Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH, said in a statement. “This year, we’ll identify several companies who received specific warnings about safety hazards and failed to correct them. Workers paid the ultimate price for these failures.”

To compile the report, entitled “The Dirty Dozen 2018,” National COSH pulled its information from health and safety activists and looked at “severity of injuries to workers; exposure to unnecessary and preventable risk; repeat citations by relevant state and federal authorities; and activity by workers to improve their health and safety conditions” to decide which companies to include. The report notes that oftentimes these injuries and deaths are preventable given effective health and safety measures.

National COSH found that seven workers have been killed in Amazon warehouses since 2013, with three of those deaths occurring within a five-week span last year. As for Tesla, the company recently made headlines after a Reveal report indicated that the company was downplaying the amount and severity of its workplace injuries. The report noted that recordable worker injuries at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory were 31 percent higher than the industry average in 2015 and 2016, and the rate of serious injuries was 83 percent higher than the industry average in 2016.

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