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Are E-Commerce Warehouse Workplace Accidents on the Rise?


As e-commerce warehouse fulfillment continues to grow due to increased demand for online shopping, there is a correlating increase in workplace accidents. Employees at warehouses are working more than ever to satisfy the demand for products conveniently shipped to homes.

Amazon and other companies have invested millions of dollars upgrades, including new robotics and technologies, to automate their fulfillment centers. However, during 2019, fulfillment center workers experienced more than 14,000 serious injuries that required time off or job restrictions because of these injuries.

The top causes of workplace accidents in a warehouse include:

  1. Slips, trips, and falls
  2. Repetitive motion issues
  3. Toxic and harmful substances
  4. Heavy machinery
  5. Walking accidents

Accurate workplace accident reporting is important for ensuring workers’ safety. “Failure to properly record occupational illnesses and injuries is hazardous to workers,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Marlton, New Jersey office. “The lack of accurate data can mask patterns of injuries and illnesses that could help uncover conditions with the potential of putting workers at risk.”

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