The Hush Post| 13:03 pm| two-minute-read
A newborn was found in a garbage bin at an Amazon distribution centre. The incident took place in Phoenix, US.
Police and fire officials responded to a call on Wednesday night. They got the information that “a deceased infant in the women’s restroom located inside the secured facility was found,” the Phoenix Police Department said. The infant could not be brought back to life, authorities said.
There are no more details about the circumstances of the infant’s death. Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Vince Lewis said investigators have spoken with the infant’s mother. However, they are not yet identifying her nor confirming if she is an Amazon staffer.
The department will continue investigating the death alongside the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“This is a terribly sad and tragic incident,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement. “We are working with local authorities to support their investigation. The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority.”
Work conditions in the company’s warehouses are frequently featured in stories with headlines that outline alleged problems
The spokeswoman characterised the case as a “personal medical event” and said Amazon is conducting an internal investigation. (Amazon.com founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
The distribution centre where the infant was found is one of four Amazon warehouses in the greater Phoenix area. It employs more than 1,000 full-time associates, the Amazon spokeswoman said.
The global company operates more than 100 fulfillment and “sortation” centres in North America and employs 125,000 full-time hourly workers in the United States.
Amazon has also faced intense scrutiny over the treatment and pay of its workers, thousands of whom rely on federal assistance for food, housing and health care, according to news reports.
Work conditions in the company’s warehouses are frequently featured in stories with headlines that outline alleged problems. A May 5 story for Business Insider was headlined, “Peeing in trash cans, constant surveillance, and asthma attacks on the job: Amazon workers tell us their warehouse horror stories.” A July 30 story in Britain’s Guardian newspaper was headlined, “Accidents at Amazon: workers left to suffer after warehouse injuries.”
A 2015 New York Times investigation narrated difficult workplace conditions in which employees at Amazon said they were overworked and given unfair evaluations where personal crises took them away from their high volume of tasks.