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New Jersey Amazon warehouse closes after an increase in postive Covid-19 tests

A Robbinsville New Jersey Amazon warehouse has been temporarily shut down as of Sunday December 20th due to an increase in positive coronavirus test. According to a spokesperson for the company, the in-house testing program discovered “an increase in asymptomatic cases.”

Coronavirus is just one of the many injury concerns that Amazon Warehouse Employees have as the extremely fast paced and physical work environment can impact workplace safety.

This news comes just weeks after Washington State announced that it would be increasing the workers’ compensation rates for the company deeming them more hazardous than other types of warehouses.

Amazon has closed a warehouse in New Jersey until Dec. 26 after it saw an uptick in asymptomatic coronavirus cases.

Employees at the Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, facility, known as PNE5, were informed Saturday that the site would temporarily close, according to a notice obtained by CNBC.

Amazon employees will be paid for any shifts that they’ll miss while the facility is shuttered, Amazon spokesperson Lisa Levandowski told CNBC in a statement.

“Through our in-house COVID-19 testing program, we detected an increase in the number of asymptomatic positive cases at our PNE5 facility in New Jersey and have proactively closed the site until December 26th out of an abundance of caution,” Levandowski said. “This is exactly why we built the program — to identify asymptomatic cases and ensure that we can take swift action to prevent spread.”

If you have been injured as a result of a specific accident or as a result of excessive physical exertion trying to keep pace with the demands of being an employee at an Amazon fulfillment center, contact the Workers’ Compensation injury lawyers at Schibell Law. We have three convenient locations to serve you better.

 

This news article was originally posted via:
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/20/amazon-closes-new-jersey-warehouse-after-covid-19-infections.html

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