May 13 (UPI) — Media reported that 13 U.S. states on Tuesday asked Amazon, the e-commerce company, for information on health and safety measures. Previously, some Amazon workers died from diseases linked to the new coronavirus.
A total of 13 states, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, sent a joint letter to Amazon on Tuesday expressing concern about recent media reports about the company’s “inadequate security measures and sick leave policies, lack of worker infection and death data, and retaliation against workers who claim to be unsafe in the work environment.”
In the letter, the states asked Amazon and Its Whole Foods to provide details of health and safety measures taken, compliance with state regulations on paid sick leave, and data on workers’ infections and deaths. In March, the states wrote to Amazon urging it to improve its sick leave policy.
While Amazon did not say how many employees were tested for the new coronavirus, the media has reported that at least seven Amazon employees died from the new coronavirus, including at the company’s warehouse facilities and at Whole Foods.
“Amazon and Whole Foods must take all possible steps to protect employees and customers during the outbreak,” Healy said in a statement. “We reiterate our call on these companies to provide assurances that they comply with state laws and federal guidance to ensure the safety of their employees during the outbreak.” “
Amazon is hiring 175,000 people to meet consumers’ growing demand for online shopping during a period of isolation at home. At the same time, employees demonstrated against the company’s unsafe working conditions. Amazon says it measures employee body temperature, cleans facilities, increases social distance between employees and takes other security measures during shifts.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, said last month that the company would invest $4 billion in the logistics sector during the outbreak, which also includes measures to keep employees safe. (Chenchen)