If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to put one of those smiley face Amazon boxes in your hands filed with whatever wonderful junk you purchased online, wonder no more. The Morning Call has an in-depth article detailing the hellish conditions of an Amazon warehouse in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
It’s really bad.
Amazon uses mostly temporary workers with the carrot-on-a-stick of a permanent job if they work really, really hard and don’t die from heat stroke. From the before mentioned article:
During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress. Those who couldn’t quickly cool off and return to work were sent home or taken out in stretchers and wheelchairs and transported to area hospitals. And new applicants were ready to begin work at any time.
This is ridiculous. Amazon’s founder and CEO, Jeffrey Bezos, is one of the world’s richest people with an estimated net worth of $18 billion. You’d think he alone could afford to put air conditioning in his company’s warehouses, making them a decent place to work.
I guess not.