Amazon worker dies after vomiting blood at Sacramento, California fulfillment center


Amazon worker dies after vomiting blood at Sacramento, California fulfillment center

Kristina Betinis

23 December 2017

According to media reports, on December 14 a still-unnamed male worker in the Amazon fulfillment plant in Sacramento, California became ill, vomited blood and was hospitalized. He died the next day.

The company confirmed he was a full-time employee. An Amazon spokesperson tried to distance the company from the incident, saying, “An employee experienced a personal medical incident.”

The state’s occupational safety agency, CalOSHA, is reportedly investigating the death. CalOSHA spokesman Frank Polizzi told the Sacramento Bee that work in the plant continued as normal after the event, as the agency found no danger to other workers.

CalOSHA has six months to carry out an investigation and issue any citations. Corporations routinely pay slap-on-the-wrist fines as conditions in workplaces have steadily worsened. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released figures showing 5,190 fatal workplace injuries in 2016, up seven percent from the 4,836 workers killed on the job in 2015.

Amazon employs 125,000 workers in 75 US fulfillment centers. For this year’s holiday rush, the company has nearly doubled its workforce, hiring an extra 120,000 across 33 US states on a temporary basis, and the same as its 2016 seasonal hires.

Dangerous working conditions prevail in the company’s warehouses. There have now been at least three Amazon workers who have died on the job in recent months. In September, 59-year-old Philip Terry was crushed to death in an Indianapolis-area fulfillment center, and 28-year-old Devan Shoemaker was run over by a truck working at a fulfillment center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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