Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Workers' compensation may be needed for injured Amazon employees

Staten Islanders and workers across New York who are employed in manual labor can face a variety of dangers as they go about their duties. Since many jobs require people to be active, lift heavy objects, operate machinery and be aware of their co-workers and surroundings, these risks are inherent. When there is an accident, workers' compensation benefits will be essential to making ends meet and getting the necessary medical treatment.

This is especially important during the upcoming holiday season, with increased demand and longer work hours. For people who are employed in factories of major online retailers, understanding safety and possible injuries is key, as is getting legal assistance to get the benefits after they are injured. A number of workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island have been injured on the job. The statistics show that the rate is triple those of other warehouse employees across the U.S.

At the facility, products are sorted via conveyor belts. Workers state they are pressured to work more intensely and at a greater speed than normal. This is believed to contribute to the injuries. Of the approximately 2,500 workers at the location, an estimated 18% stated they were injured at work. This is far worse than the 5.2% of workers in warehouses across the nation. In interviews with 145 workers at the facility, two-thirds stated they suffered pain from work.

Safety in the workplace should be a priority and, if a worker is engaged in arduous labor, is pressured to work faster than is safe or is subjected to unfair demands, these factors can contribute to potential injuries. For those who were hurt at a warehouse job or while doing any other kind of work, it is wise to understand the steps necessary to receive workers' compensation benefits. A law firm experienced in these cases may be able to help.

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