Warehouse workers are the backbone of the modern e-commerce economy, yet regulations protecting workers and communities affected by this new industry have lagged far behind its rapid growth. When New York’s warehouse and distribution center workers leave for work every day, they face a job that sees them three times more likely than the average private industry worker to suffer an injury or illness. That’s why New York needs to pass the Warehouse Worker Protection Act (WWPA – A10020/S8922), which helps protect workers from inhumane quotas at companies such as Amazon.

A dangerous job

New York’s warehouse industry has alarmingly high injury rates, and nowhere is this more apparent than when reviewing the data at Amazon, which has opened over 70 new facilities in New York State since 2018. Amazon workers are injured at a rate of six per 100, which is five times the average in New York. While all warehouse work is dangerous, Amazon warehouse workers are 54% more likely than others in the industry to get sick or hurt on the job.

Research shows that many of these injuries and illnesses are preventable and are the result of management philosophies at these facilities that prioritize speed over workers’ safety. Unsafe work speeds, unreasonable work quotas, dangerous work, and insufficient breaks all contribute to the skyrocketing rate of injuries in the industry. Amazon workers have told RWDSU representatives that their productivity is monitored so closely that they are afraid to take bathroom breaks.

While Amazon is the highest-profile offender, workers throughout the industry suffer from higher-than-average injury rates, and many of the same dangerous policies and lack of protection.

Addressing the warehouse industry injury epidemic

Protect New York’s Warehouse Workers Now!