Amazon and Facebook have been named as the most dangerous places to work in America, with Jeff Bezos & # 39; company topping the list for the second year in a row.
The National Council for Safety and Health at Work (COSH) released Thursday its annual & # 39; dirty dozen & # 39; list, which lists the employers responsible for operating some of the most dangerous workplaces in America.
Amazon retained its unfavorable position on the list for the second year in a row, after the company recorded six employee deaths over a seven-month period.
David-Jamel Williams, a former Amazon warehouse vendor, told Gizmodo that he had seen workers pushed to the brink of exhaustion and that those talking about the working environment were being pressured to be quiet & # 39; .
Williams claims that he himself was the recipient of the alleged safety regulations of the e-commerce company, after a box of chemicals was incorrectly stored in a garbage bin that later fell on his face and injured his eyes.
Amazon and Facebook have been named as the most dangerous places to work in America, with Jeff Bezos & # 39; (left) company topping the list for the second year in a row. Mark Zuckerberg & # 39; s Facebook was first mentioned in a shock annoucement
The majority of the 12 listed companies have secured their place on the list as a result of workplace injuries, attacks, intimidation and deaths during working hours.
Other culprits mentioned under this year's honor were McDonald's, Baltimore's The Johns Hopkins Hospital and XPO – where six employees reportedly suffered miscarriages due to overheated warehouses.
But in a shock movement, first mentioned on the list, Facebook was, along with two companies that provided contract work to the social media giant, Cognizant and Accenture.
Director of Cosh Marcy Golstein-Gelb said that the two employment offices in addition to Facebook are co-responsible & # 39; for exposing website moderators to disturbing content that has led to post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses for some of their employees.
According to Goldstein-Gelb, Facebook has put its competitors Twitter and Youtube on the list because employees of the site owned by Zuckerberg have repeatedly commented on the impact of seeing such content on their mental health.
Amazon said the list should be taken with a & # 39; giant grain of salt & # 39; because Cosh – a coalition of trade unions – benefits from the & # 39; undermining & # 39; of their reputation
Goldstein-Gelb, however, insists that Gosh is not just a name and a shame.
& # 39; We don't just want to make companies hammer. We want to see change, & she said in a press conference on Wednesday.
& # 39; We want to shine a light on unsafe practices and motivate employers to better protect employees.
& # 39; Workers continue to perish at work on tragic levels. Most of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented with known basic safety measures. & # 39;
Statistics show that workplace deaths have risen considerably since 2012, with 5,147 employees dying from trauma-related causes in the US in 2017 alone.
Goldstein-Gelb praised hardware giant Lowes, who made the list last year, to stop selling paint strippers and other similar products containing methylene chloride.
Facebook was also named to expose website moderators to disturbing content that led to various post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses
In a statement, the social media giant said he was in the process of providing additional support for his content reviewers (photo: employees working at Facebook headquarters, 2009)
However, Amazon rejected the seriousness of the COSH list and insisted that it be with a & # 39; giant grain of salt & # 39; is taken.
The online retailer believes that Cosh, as a non-profit coalition of trade unions, has a & # 39; business reason to undermine Amazon's reputation through a clear campaign of misinformation & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Safety is our top priority & # 39 ;, the spokesperson told Business Insurance. & # 39; Although every serious incident is one too many, we are learning and improving our programs to prevent future incidents. Safety training and continuous improvement are something that tens of thousands of Amazon partners and partner companies focus on daily. & # 39;
A Facebook spokesperson also told the website that it is committed to working with its partners to provide additional support for its content moderators.
& # 39; Anyone who reviews Facebook content is going through a thorough, multi-week training program on our community standards and has access to extensive support to ensure their well-being and resilience, & # 39;
& # 39; We also use technical solutions to minimize exposure to graphic material. This is an important issue and we are doing everything we can to do it right. & # 39;