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Amazon cited for musculoskeletal hazards at Colorado facility


E-commerce retailer Amazon was again cited for workplace safety violations after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the company failed to protect employees against musculoskeletal injuries, this time at a Colorado warehouse.

OSHA on Thursday announced proposed penalties of $15,625 against Amazon after inspectors in August received an employee complaint related to processing speed and blocked fire exits at Amazon’s Colorado Springs, Colorado, facility.

OSHA says that Amazon’s work processes are “designed for speed, not safety,” which can cause serious injuries to workers.

The latest citations represent the third time this year that OSHA has taken action against Amazon, with prior citations over similar alleged workplace hazards issued on Jan. 18 and Feb. 1 at facilities in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois and New York.

Amazon has 15 days to contest the latest citations.