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Amazon's High Injury Rates and Your Workers' Compensation Rights in Georgia

Updated: Mar 30


Warehouse with boxes and a forklift with the message, "Know Your Rights."


Recent scrutiny has put Amazon's operational practices in the spotlight, particularly concerning safety protocols and the high rates of serious injuries among its workforce. In 2021, Amazon workers experienced a 7.9% injury rate, significantly above the national average and nearly double that within the warehousing industry itself.


Despite Amazon employing only a third of America's warehouse workforce, it accounts for a disproportionate number of worker injuries compared to all other warehouse operators in the country combined.


Your Rights Under Georgia's Workers' Compensation

At The Edmonson Law Firm, we recognize the importance of worker rights and safety. In Georgia, workers are entitled to compensation for injuries incurred on the job through workers' compensation (WC).  Workers' Compensation is a no-fault insurance that benefits individuals injured while in the course and scope of their employer's business.


Given Amazon's high incidence of worker injuries, we encourage Amazon warehouse employees who have suffered injuries to explore their WC options. Completing our online form for a no-cost consultation can help you understand your rights and the next steps.


The Reality of Working in Amazon Warehouses

The House Workforce Protections Subcommittee convened in November 2022 to examine Amazon warehouses' working conditions. This, along with a report from the Strategic Organizing Center, paints a concerning picture of the company's safety environment, highlighting a need for workers to be aware of their rights and potential compensations through WC claims.


Amazon's worker injury rates have consistently been high, with a slight decrease in 2022 to 6.9% from 7.9% in 2021. The overall injury rate for warehouse workers, in contrast, shows Amazon's outsized impact on the sector's safety record. These issues, along with Amazon's high annual employee turnover rates, emphasize the challenges faced by its workforce.


Navigating Workers' Compensation Claims in Georgia

While legislative efforts to address these concerns continue, workers' comp claims serve as a vital avenue for Amazon warehouse workers to seek redress. Injured workers may pursue compensation through the workers' compensation system. Workers' compensation benefits Georgia include 100% paid medical treatment and wage replacement payments.


Common injuries include

Back and Spinal Injuries: Heavy lifting and manual labor can lead to serious back problems, including herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, and chronic lower back pain.


Falls from Height: Workers can fall from ladders, loading docks, or through unstable surfaces, leading to fractures, head injuries, or even more severe outcomes.


Slip and Fall Injuries: Slippery floors, cluttered walkways, and uneven surfaces often cause slips and falls, resulting in sprains, broken bones, and concussions.


Machinery and Equipment Accidents: Injuries from forklifts, conveyor belts, or other machinery can be catastrophic, including amputations, crush injuries, or severe lacerations.


Overexertion: Pushing oneself too hard in a physically demanding environment can lead to overexertion injuries, such as muscle strains and sprains. This is the number one cause of WC injuries, nationwide.


Vehicle Accidents: Warehouse environments often include the use of vehicles like forklifts and trucks, where collisions or accidents can occur, causing significant harm.


Exposure to Harmful Substances: Workers may be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous materials, leading to burns, respiratory issues, or other health conditions.


Loading Dock Injuries: The area where goods are loaded and unloaded is a common site for various accidents, including being struck by cargo or falling off the dock.


Hit by Falling Objects: Items falling from shelves or being mishandled can strike workers, causing head injuries or other trauma.



Infographic: "Amazon Warhouse Injuries"
Overexertion is the number one cause of WC injuries, nationwide.


An investigation at Amazon's fulfillment center in Kent, Washington, highlighted the physical risks posed by demanding tasks, long shifts, and quick work pace, leading to a significant number of workers reporting pain and using medication for relief. These findings underscore the importance of understanding and pursuing workers’ comp claims for injuries sustained on the job.


The Edmonson Law Firm is committed to assisting Amazon warehouse workers in navigating the complexities of the workers’ compensation process in Georgia and advocating for their rights and compensation.


If you've been injured while working at an Amazon warehouse, fill out our quick, hassle-free injury questionnaire or call (678) 271-9111 to start exploring your options.


Please remember that this post offers a general overview and should not be considered as legal advice. Always consult with an attorney with the experience necessary to secure fair compensation for you.


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