Amazon parts ways from 3 companies publicly related to its employees’ deaths
According to recent news, Amazon has parted ways with three companies that are publicly related to multiple deaths of their employees courtesy of a joint investigation by BuzzFeed News and ProPublica.
The two publications reported that the state documents show these companies are letting go off more than 2,000 employees and that they will stop delivering any future packages for Amazon.
BuzzFeed News and ProPublica came to a conclusion in September and found that these companies, namely Inpax Shipping Solutions, Sheard-Loman Transport and Letter Ride LLC, often hired workers with minimum experience and used to place them in difficult working situations.
The reports from last month by both Buzzfeed and ProPublica explain how Amazon controls the delivery routine, drivers are pressured to complete the delivery allocation of up to 300 packages in one shift of 8 hours. This means that on average 37 deliveries need to be made in one hour. Not only is this extremely difficult but these arrangements put no accountability for accidents on Amazon, instead the blame is put on the drivers and their current employers.
More evidence was found that implies Amazon hauliers have been a part of at least 60 road accidents, out of which 10 have resulted in death.
On speaking to BuzzFeed News and ProPublica, the Amazon spokesperson said: “We work with a variety of carrier partners to get packages to Amazon customers and we regularly evaluate our partnerships,” he also added, “We have ended our relationship with these companies, and drivers are being supported with opportunities to deliver Amazon packages with other local Delivery Service Partners.”