With news surrounding factories and distribution centers with some of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks, you would assume more would be done to either shut them down or better protect employees. A seventh employee from an Amazon warehouse has died from the Coronavirus. Amazon has announced a plan to manufacture and sell face masks at cost to bridge the demand gap, especially for essential workers, we can only hope this will carry over to employees getting that same protection.
Employees say news of the death within IND8 in Indianapolis comes only after confronting managers. It seems management is trying to keep the employee casualties a secret. The way they have chosen to notify employees leaves many wondering whether there are more infections and deaths related to their warehouses than employees are being told. Many employees learned about the death through rumors at first. This Tuesday 13 state attorney wrote to Amazon to provide the full count relating to COVID-19.
Amazon now sends text alerts to employees without any numerical data as to how many employees have been infected with the virus while on the job. One employee estimates about 800 COVID related infections have taken place across the country from self tallied text alerts.
With business booming as Amazon has become almost a necessity for Americans, the need for employees in their warehouses have increased. If only robots in logistics could be used, lives would be saved. With Americans on lockdown and the delivery of stimulus checks, many online retailers are seeing a significant increase to business.
Amazon states they are maintaining a safe environment for their employees including regular cleaning and temperature checks, sound familiar to Tesla’s soon to be implemented plan? As we are seeing from warehouses currently working during this pandemic, it is almost impossible to maintain a safe work environment during this pandemic.