Amazon is reportedly putting in new air-con gear and extra followers at its EWR9 warehouse in New Jersey, according to a report by NBC News. This comes after Reynaldo Mota Frias, a worker at the facility, died on July thirteenth, throughout the Prime Day rush, on a day when temperatures rose to 92 levels. Amazon reportedly blames Frias’ demise on “a personal medical condition” and denies reports that he advised managers he was feeling unwell. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or OSHA) is listed as ongoing.
Another worker at EWR9 advised NBC that the warehouse will get sizzling, even in areas which have followers. The firm has confronted criticism from staff earlier than about the way it handles workloads throughout the increasingly warm summers — final yr, a few of the firm’s warehouse staff in Kent, Washington said they had to work “power hours” throughout a historic warmth wave in the area. Earlier this yr, a letter from US lawmakers cited that incident whereas demanding solutions from the firm about its extreme climate insurance policies.
While it’s nonetheless unclear what if any function warmth performed in Frias’ demise, Amazon doesn’t have the biggest fame in terms of retaining its staff protected. Earlier this yr, an advocacy group published a report claiming that the firm’s warehouse workers had been twice as prone to be injured than folks working related jobs at different firms. And final month, OSHA reportedly expanded a nationwide investigation into office security at the firm, trying into whether or not the pace it sets for its workers pushes them to behave in unsafe methods. The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York says the investigation is additionally making an attempt to see if the firm has “appropriately reported on-the-job injuries” to authorities businesses.
Amazon didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for remark on the air-con set up at EWR9, and whether or not it was taking related measures at different amenities. Sam Stephenson, a spokesperson for the firm, advised NBC News that Amazon consistently measures temperatures in its amenities, and that it has security groups that can “take action to address any temperature-related issues.”
According to NBC’s report, administration at EWR9 has responded to Frias’ demise by handing out further snacks and water, in addition to posting charts meant to assist staff decide whether or not they’re dehydrated based mostly on the shade of their urine. The later seems to be a comparatively frequent piece of recommendation from the firm — it was additionally referenced in a pamphlet leaked last summer that was reportedly meant to assist workers put together for his or her lives as “industrial athletes.”