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Amazon Warehouse Workers Injured In Bear Repellent Accident

Two dozen Amazon workers were taken to the hospital with respiratory injuries after a warehouse machine punctured a can of bear repellant, sending noxious fumes into a section of its Robbinsville, New Jersey facility. At least one of the injured Amazon workers in the 1.3-million-square-foot fulfillment center at the time of the incident was in critical condition. Most of those injured reported they had difficulty breathing, and burning in their eyes, throat, and chest. Someone from the New Jersey Amazon facility placed a 911 call on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 5, reporting the incident. Emergency responders arriving at the ... Read More

Partial Building Collapse at Amazon Facility Kills Two Workers

Two workers were killed when an Amazon sorting facility in Baltimore partially collapsed during severe weather Friday, Nov. 2. Amazon workers told Baltimore’s WBAL Channel 11 that it was business as usual until they heard loud noises, which one worker described as “bombs dropping everywhere.” The power went off and suddenly parts of the facility started to collapse. Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Roman Clark told the Baltimore Sun that a 50-foot wall at the Amazon facility collapsed when a severe storm blew though the area. According to WMAR Channel 2 Baltimore, emergency responders pulled one worker from the debris ... Read More

Judge Finds Amazon Not Liable For Hoverboard House Fire

A Georgia man who was severely burned and lost his home to a fire triggered by a Chinese-made hoverboard had his lawsuit against Amazon and several other companies dismissed by a federal judge, who said the plaintiff failed to provide sufficient evidence that Amazon knew the device it sold was unsafe. Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. of the Northern District of Georgia responded favorably to Amazon’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit – a decision that lawyers for plaintiff Irvin Love Jr. said came before any factual discovery could be conducted into what and when Amazon knew about the defective hoverboard ... Read More

Amazon accused of resisting compensating injured employees

Amazon is allegedly refusing to file worker’s compensation paperwork, unexpectedly cutting off paid leave, and forcing employees to sign non-disclosure agreements or statements saying they weren’t injured on the job in exchange for compensation, according to a new report from The Guardian. The news article features the story of a 49-year-old woman who claims she injured her back last year while working at a defective workstation in an Amazon warehouse in Texas. Afterwards, she says she went to Amazon’s medical triage area where she was treated with a heating pad for her back. She says the injury limited the range ... Read More

Amazon Recalls Portable Power Banks For Fire, Burn Risk

Anyone who owns an AmazonBasics portable power bank should check their model to see if it is included in a safety recall of chargers powered by lithium-ion batteries. Amazon and federal regulators say the Chinese-made devices pose a risk of overheating, fire, and burn injuries. Amazon sold the potentially defective portable power banks through its website and in Amazon pop-up stores from Dec. 14 through July 2017. The recall includes six different AmazonBasics power banks made by Guoguang Electric Company Limited of China and sold by Amazon for between $9 and $40. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said ... Read More

Amazon Worker Fatally Crushed At Indiana Facility

An investigation is underway of an Amazon worker’s tragic death at the retail giant’s Plainfield, Indiana, fulfillment center Sunday, Sept. 24. Early reports of the accident published over the weekend described it as a “forklift accident,” but few details were given. On Tuesday, the Hendricks County coroner issued an update saying that the worker, 59-year-old Phillip L. Terry, sustained multiple crushing injuries in the accident. “The most significant injuries were to his head and his torso, including multiple skull fractures and injuries to his brain,” Fox 59 Indianapolis reported, citing the coroner’s office. Toxicology tests and other lab work won’t ... Read More

Amazon Hit with Class-Action Over Eclipse Glasses Debacle

Lead plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Amazon alleging its recall of solar eclipse glasses was “tragically too little, too late” say the faulty glasses purchased on Amazon.com left them with eye and vision impairments. Anyone who tried to buy approved eclipse glasses in the last few days before the Aug. 21 solar event likely found that the protective eyewear had become a rare commodity. Millions of people across the U.S. planned to watch the total solar eclipse, planning costly getaways in the path of totality and ordering special glasses that eliminate the damaging light and UV from the sun’s rays. ... Read More

Amazon fires back after OSHA blasts safety, injury recordkeeping at N.J. warehouse

After an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slammed an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey with $7,000 in proposed fines and an 11-page citation, the company has opted to fight back and contest its alleged safety violations. “We take safety very seriously,” Amazon spokesman Aaron Toso said. “We do not agree with the findings and will be contesting the citation.” According to NJ.com, OSHA began investigating the Robbinsville, N.J., Amazon fulfillment warehouse on July 1 after it received a complaint regarding its recordkeeping practices. The agency’s investigation uncovered the online retail giant had not reported 26 different ... Read More

FDA sends warning letters to distributors of pure powdered caffeine

Five distributors of pure powdered caffeine received warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that their products are potentially dangerous and their labels should be updated to warn consumers that improper use could be deadly. Pure caffeine powder is a highly concentrated form of the stimulant. A single dose is essentially 100 percent caffeine and a single teaspoon of the pure caffeine powder is about the equivalent to drinking 28 cups of coffee, which is toxic to humans. Last year, high school senior Logan Stiner died after consuming a lethal dose of pure powdered caffeine. An autopsy revealed that ... Read More

Amazon slapped with wrongful death lawsuit for selling powdered caffeine

The family of an Ohio high school student who died after consuming a lethal dose of powdered caffeine last spring has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon.com and several other companies who had a hand in making, marketing or shipping the pure caffeine powder. The family of Logan Stiner claim Amazon and six other companies violated Ohio food and drug safety laws by making, marketing or distributing the pure powdered caffeine that caused their son’s death by overdose. The lawsuit claims the companies should have known that Hard Rhino pure caffeine could be dangerous if misused and that ordinary consumers ... Read More