Amazon has built a huge logistics operation to get more goods to customers’ homes in less and less time by creating a network of contractors and avoiding the costs of taking on permanent employees.
More than 60 accidents have occurred since June 2015 involving Amazon delivery contractors that resulted in serious injuries, including 10 deaths. Amazon argues that it bears no legal responsibility.
“Logistics experience not required,” says an ad on an Amazon website, enticing aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own delivery contracting businesses with Amazon’s help. But the notion that anyone can do this kind of work belies the fact that being a delivery driver is among the deadlier jobs in America, according to data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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