It treats them like they are disposable. Amazon delayed medical help for Joliet warehouse worker who had heart attack, says lawsuit filed by widow. This story has been in my feeds for going on a week. I’m sure it is not news to people, or it shouldn’t be.
A guy working in an Amazon “Fulfillment Center” (is “Warehouse” politically incorrect these days?) had a heart attack.
The lawsuit claims company workers waited about 25 minutes before calling the Joliet Fire Department after Becker fell ill, even though there’s a fire station about a half-mile away from the Amazon Fulfillment Center on Emerald Drive.
During that wait, no working automated external defibrillator, or AED — a device that provides an electric shock that can restart a heart in cardiac arrest — was provided to help him, the suit filed on behalf of Linda Becker claims.
So even if you have AEDs hanging around, you still need to call 911, because the guy who had the heart attack will need to go the hospital.
Anyway, after screwing around for 25 minutes, and asking a bunch of insane questions, like “What is his Social Security Number?” when paramedics finally arrived they were NOT directed to the loading dock nearest his location.
After Joliet EMTs were called, they were further delayed by security guards “who chatted at the front desk” before giving paramedics access to the facility, the suit claims; EMTs also had to walk through the mammoth facility rather than being given access to a rear loading dock adjacent to where Becker was in distress. This further delayed their response time another five to seven minutes, according to the lawsuit and reports from the Joliet Fire Department.
I have tried to stop buying things from Amazon, for other reasons. If you buy enough from Amazon they will give you free shipping, but not free 2-day shipping. Most of the stuff is available from Walmart and they will give you free 2-day shipping (if you buy enough). Amazon wants their $100 for “Prime Membership.” There are other reasons.