10 deaths in accidents with Amazon delivery vehicles
Citing investigation, senator blasts Amazon for “evasive practices and moves to cut regulatory corners.”
Sept. 12, 2019
ProPublica – Amazon is facing questions from Capitol Hill over the safety of its vast delivery network and how the e-commerce giant has evaded responsibility for its role in deaths and serious injuries in crashes involving contractors delivering Amazon packages.
In a letter sent on Thursday to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Sen. Richard Blumenthal decried the company’s “evasive practices and moves to cut regulatory corners,” citing recent investigations by ProPublica and BuzzFeed.
Amazon’s promise of rapid delivery has come with a steep human toll.
The ProPublica investigation, which was co-published last week with The New York Times, identified more than 60 crashes since June 2015 involving Amazon delivery contractors that resulted in serious injuries, including 10 deaths.
Amazon has repeatedly said in court that it is not responsible for the actions of its contractors, citing agreements that require them, as one of the documents puts it, to “defend, indemnify and hold harmless Amazon.”
In recent years, Amazon has built a huge logistics operation to get more goods to customers’ homes in less time.
To reduce its reliance on legacy carriers like United Parcel Service, the retailer has created a network of contractors across the country that allows the company to expand and shrink the delivery force as needed, while avoiding the costs of taking on permanent employees.
In his letter to Bezos, Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, demanded information about the contracts Amazon has with third-party delivery companies.
Describing an “aggressive managerial style” that Amazon forces on its delivery companies that has led to a “chain of worker abuse,” Blumenthal called on the Seattle-based retail giant to “immediately cease” business with contractors that violate labor laws … Read More.
Amazon contractor drops load in front of Sacramento home
Homeowner finds unwanted ‘package’ at the end of his driveway
Dece 2, 2017
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) It was all caught on camera: A contracted Amazon driver making deliveries left a different kind of package in the gutter outside a house.
Amazon customer Nemy Bautista shared video with KCRA of the woman stepping outside the U-Haul van on the passenger side, making sure the coast was clear, and defecating in front of his house.
Then the driver ran back into the van and eventually drove away.
Bautista came home shortly after, found the human waste at the end of his driveway and checked his surveillance video.
Amazon has taken responsibility for what happened.
Homeowner Nemy Bautista caught the putrid affair on home security video, which he shared with Amazon. Bautista received an Amazon a gift card ‘for any inconvenience.’
Amazon spokesman Ernesto Apreza said:
“This does not reflect the high standards we have for delivery service providers.
“This individual is no longer delivering Amazon packages and we’re in direct communication with the customer.”
Read the full post at KCRA.com.