Amazon has confirmed two more workers’ deaths at its facilities in two different states amid a growing chorus of lawmakers and activists demanding that the company release official figures on the number of confirmed cases and deaths related to Covid-19.
The most recent deaths seem to put the total number at seven, although Amazon’s refusal to provide concrete figures – including Friday, when it did not respond to multiple requests for confirmation of the total number of deaths – brought certainty about the numbers. difficult. Media reports from the past few months, however, said there were seven known deaths on Friday, including for workers at Staten island, New York; Jeffersonville, Indiana; Waukegan, Illinois; Hawthorne, California; and Tracy, California; as well as the cases confirmed on Friday by the company Bethpage, New York and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Rachael Lighty, an Amazon spokesperson, told Gizmodo by email that this worker at the Indianapolis facility, IND8, was at work on April 19 and had “no symptoms reported on the spot.” Amazon says it was notified of his death on April 30, adding that it has since “communicated the death to all associates in the building.”
But the edge Several workers said that workers at the facility only learned of the employee’s death after rumors began to circulate and management was confronted. An employee who spoke with the site said that Amazon “was not going to say anything if it was not for people who ask questions.”
Although Amazon has not confirmed the date of death of the employee who worked in Bethpage, New York – instead, he only stated that his last working date was March 28 –CNBC reported that the worker, George Leigh, 59, died on April 9. Todd Leigh, the man’s brother, told CNBC his brother hadn’t received any masks before his last week on the job, adding that Todd Leigh found it difficult to keep his distance from his role in the establishment.
Asked about the deaths, Lighty released two slightly different variants of the same master key that the company has issued for most of its workers’ deaths to date, saying it is “saddened by the loss of an associate who had worked at our site “and adding that the victim” The family and loved ones are in our thoughts. “
Lighty said Amazon plans to “invest approximately $ 4 billion from April to June in Covid-related initiatives to deliver products to customers and keep employees safe,” but any initiatives introduced at this point come after months of activists and legislators demanding that the company do more to ensure the health and safety of workers who have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Amazon was already late to introduce basic precautionary measures, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention six feet social distance, rather than the World Health OrganizationRecommended from three feet, or adequately equip employees with essential personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves.
Even more dismaying society’s already unforgiving response to the deaths of its own personnel cooking of whistleblowers, as well as a disturbing report on an apparent smear campaign against one of those people who oppose Amazon’s word to that of the worker. The company’s response to criticism of its handling of the Covid-19 crisis at its facilities has been so poor, in fact, that it has hunt one of the best cloud engineers in the business earlier this month.
At the time, Tim Bray, former vice president and prominent engineer of Amazon Web Services, wrote in a cursed blog post about leaving the company when there was “a vein of toxicity running through the company culture” and he chose “neither to serve nor to drink this poison”.