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According to the Washington Post, state labor regulators in Washington state allege that working at Amazon exposes staff to increased risk of ergonomic injury and musculoskeletal disorders as they awkwardly bend and twist to move goods through the warehouse. 


  1. How many times has the state charged the company with willfully violating safety standards, with no operational changes occurring?
  2. How many citations did OSHA issue with respect to a national investigation into ergonomic injuries last year?
  3. When did workplace safety issues first come to light at Amazon?
  4. How much has Amazon been fined for violations as compared to its second quarter profits?


O’Donovan, C. (2023). Regulators struggle to rein in Amazon on safety for warehouse workers. The Washington Post, Sep. 18 (Retrievable online at