‘Hundreds of people have been seriously injured at Amazon’s UK warehouses over the last three years, new figures suggest.
In one incident, a worker at a London warehouse was knocked unconscious and stopped breathing after injuring their head, according to data compiled by the GMB union.
An accident investigation report found “the main root cause of this incident was failing to provide a safe working environment”.
Another worker at Bardon Hill, in Leicestershire, suffered internal bruising after being knocked down and wedged under a heavy goods vehicle.
In Manchester, a worker received head injuries after a number of boxes fell on them, and they were later diagnosed with an inter vertebral disc prolapse.
The figures show that 240 reports of serious injury or near misses were sent to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the 2019 financial year.
Over the last three years, there were 622 serious injuries or near misses – although only a handful are believed to be near misses.
The injuries included in the figures were serious enough to stop someone performing their normal duties for at least seven days, or be on a list including fractures, amputation, scalping or burning.
The number of incidents has increased since 2017, when there were 152 reports to the HSE, however the number of Amazon warehouses has more than doubled in this time.
GMB national officer Mick Rix said: “Amazon are spending millions on PR campaigns trying to persuade people its warehouses are great places to work.
“But the facts are there for all to see – things are getting worse.’