In the month that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos pledged £7.7bn to fight climate change, the GMB Union highlighted 240 reports of serious injury or near misses at Amazon’s UK warehouses. These reports were sent to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) last year and takes the total to 622 over the last three years.
The figures, which were obtained via Freedom of Information requests, also coincide with Amazon’s current TV campaign highlighting contented staff.
In the UK, the latest statistics from the HSE show that 1.4 million people suffered from work related illness, with 581,000 sustaining an injury at work. This resulted in 28.2 million lost working days.
Given the HSE estimate that the average cost of an employee who is off work for more than 7 days is £8,300, it has never been more prudent to ensure that your health and safety arrangements are in place for your staff.
Risk assessments for the physical activities undertaken must be carried out, while attention should also be given to the wellbeing of employees. You should consider support through mental health first aiders or an Employee Assistance Programme.