Thought delivering packages wasn’t dangerous? Think again, a new report from the Strategic Organizing Center (SOC) based on data submitted by Amazon to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 18.3 percent of the company’s subcontracted delivery service suffered an injury while working. The distinction between subcontractors and those employed directly by Amazon is significant since only 8.5 percent of those who worked directly under Amazon reported suffering an injury on the job.
The SOC reports that this discrepancy in injury rates may be due to the rapid speeds at which subcontracted delivery services are expected to work. To substantiate these claims the SOC cites complaints made by DSP drivers and lawsuits from DSP companies that allege Amazon expects them to deliver a package every one to two minutes for ten hours a day. Moreover, many workers are afraid to be fired due to not being able to fill these substantial quotas.
In other news, Gucci and Oura have teamed up to create an 18-carat gold smart ring. The Oura ring is one of the smallest smart wearables on the market weighing in at .14 ounces and monitor metrics such as heart rate respiratory rate and temperature. The luxury ring, which gives sleep analysis and tracks activity levels via the Oura app, is made out of black synthetic corundum and features the Gucci logo stitched in gold. Not surprisingly the ring will retail for a whopping $950.
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