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Amazon Responds to Warehouse Safety Story

Published on September 23, 2011
by Peter Kafka

In the wake of a news story about potentially unsafe working conditions at an Amazon distribution center, the retail giant has issued a public statement. Amazon doesn’t directly acknowledge reports that workers in a Pennsylvania warehouse worked in “brutal” heat that sent some of them to the hospital this summer. But it does say it recently spent $2.4 million installing air conditioning at four warehouses, including the one that sparked the detailed report in the Allentown Morning Call. “Those who know us well don’t doubt our intent or our focus on employee safety,” the statement concludes.

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