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Amazon again cited for ergonomic hazards


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Amazon Inc. for allegedly failing to keep workers safe from ergonomic hazards.

OSHA on Wednesday proposed $46,875 in penalties against Amazon after inspectors said they found dangerous conditions at warehouses in Aurora, Colorado; Nampa, Idaho; and Castleton, New York.

Amazon was issued citations for not providing safe workplaces. Inspectors visited the three sites after receiving referrals from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

OSHA accused Amazon of exposing workers to a high risk of low back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders. The risks relate to repetitive and frequent handling of packages and other items at the warehouses for long durations of time.

OSHA said it came across high rates of musculoskeletal injuries after reviewing onsite injury logs.

In January, OSHA issued similar citations over claims of improper warehouse safety after visits to Amazon locations in Deltona, Florida; Waukegan, Illinois; and New Windsor, New York.

Amazon has 15 business days to contest the citations in the most recent case.