USA: AMAZON SAFETY HEAD THROWS IN THE TOWEL

Amazon hired Heather McDougall in 2019 as the top executive overseeing workplace health and safety.

Prior to Amazon, McDougall was chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review commission, and her appointment came shortly after the commission overturned an OSHA heat citation. Last week, the company announced McDougall would be moving on. During her time Amazon has been criticised for high rates of musculoskeletal and other injuries, heat hazards, and failure to respond adequately to COVID-19. In 2021, 6 Amazon employees were killed when a tornado hit their warehouse in Illinois. OSHA later sent a letter to the company criticizing them for inadequate emergency response programs.

Source: Confined Space, 5 October 2022

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