March 24, 2020 | 6: 33 pm
An Amazon Prime truck goes by an indication outside an Amazon satisfaction center in Staten Island.
An employee in Amazon’s Staten Island storage facility has evaluated favorable for the coronavirus, according to a worker at the facility.
The favorable test was shared amongst a little group of supervisors at a meeting late Tuesday early morning– all while the facility has actually stayed open for company as usual, Chris Smalls, a worried management assistant at the facility, told The Post.
” They do not have people’s best interests in mind. It’s irresponsible and inhumane to have us keep working there,” Smalls stated. “We’re going to be a 2nd wave[of the outbreak] I understand we’re important to our neighborhoods, however we’re not helping out the neighborhood if we’re bring the infection.”
” It can certainly travel to drivers and other people down the line. If the sort centers are infected, then, yeah, you got an issue and it can go to clients. It’s a domino effect.”
” We are supporting the individual who is recovering. We are following all standards from regional authorities and are taking extreme measures to ensure the security of staff members at our site,” Amazon stated in a statement confirming the favorable test.
The infected staff member was last at work on March 11 and is currently quarantined after getting healthcare, according to the e-commerce giant.
The company did not attend to why the center remained open– or information any extra cleaning treatments– however stated it has actually recommended any employees who were in close contact with the staff member to stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days.
The infected worker had not been at the satisfaction center in about a week, Smalls said– however at a facility with more than 2,500 full-time staff members, Smalls feared that an approaching break out is unavoidable.
Employees can be found in close contact with each other as part of the nature of the shipping work and frequently eat next to one another in a shared lunchroom, he stated.
When an Amazon worker checked favorable for the infection at the company’s warehouse in Queens, Amazon informed The Atlantic that the website had actually been cleaned up daily and was briefly shut down for “additional sanitation.”
Smalls stated it was unclear why similar procedures weren’t handled Staten Island, other than pressure to fulfill production targets. He told The Post he would be rallying against risky work conditions outside the warehouse in Bloomfield on Wednesday morning.
The business on March 11 announced that all workers either identified with the coronavirus or who self-quarantine due to possible direct exposure will receive 2 weeks’ paid time off throughout the global pandemic.