If you work at an Amazon warehouse in Pa., you are twice as likely to be seriously injured than at any other warehouse (or should I call it fulfillment center?) in the state. According to Governing, Amazon has averaged 7.2 serious "incidents" per 100 workers over the past three years. In other warehouses, it is only 3.9 incidents per 100 workers. This statistic alone makes me question how Amazon has remained union-free for so long.
If you combine serious injuries in Pa., Delaware and New Jersey, it's still pretty bad. Amazon had 4.9 serious injuries per 100 workers in the three states combined. By contrast, its rivals are safer:
Walmart: 3.4 serious injuries per 100 workers
UPS: 3.1 serious injuries per 100 workers.
Fed-Ex: 2.3 serious injuries per 100 workers.
Like Amazon, Walmart is also nonunion. UPS, which has noticeably fewer injuries than Amazon or Walmart, is unionized. FedEx, which has the lowest rate of all, is mostly nonunion and has spared no expense to stay that way.
It's time to recognize that warehouse work is dangerous. Coal mining is considered dangerous. But according to the BLS, serious injuries amount to 2.6 per 100 full-time workers. This makes Amazon and other warehouses far more dangerous.
Shouldn't these warehouse workers have union protection?