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Feds found unsafe working conditions at Amazon in Nampa. Now the company is paying.

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The Amazon U.S. fulfillment network consists of more than 50 fulfillment centers, over 20 sortation centers and more than 90,000 full-time employees. Have a look around.
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The Amazon U.S. fulfillment network consists of more than 50 fulfillment centers, over 20 sortation centers and more than 90,000 full-time employees. Have a look around.

Amazon has reached an informal settlement with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for unsafe workplace conditions at its new, local delivery center in Nampa.

OSHA cited the company in March with four violations, including failing to log an injury to a worker that required treatment beyond first aid.

The modular delivery center went up in November at 1411 3rd Ave. N., near Franklin Boulevard and Interstate 84. Packages are brought to the center to be loaded into Amazon-branded trucks and delivered to local homes and businesses.

Amazon is also preparing to build a 2.6 million-square-foot regional fulfillment center at Star and Franklin Roads, where employees would pack and ship packages.

OSHA requires companies to log all work-related injuries and illnesses and compile an annual summary of the injuries. In agency documents reviewed by the Statesman, OSHA said Amazon did not log an incident in which an employee injured his hand. The March 26 citation categorized the violation as “other-than-serious,” meaning the violation was not likely to cause death or serious harm.

OSHA proposed an initial penalty of $1,611 in March. As of May 3, that fine had been lifted.

OSHA said the company also violated three other OSHA standards, though they did not result in injury:

▪ Flooring material was uneven and created a tripping hazard for workers. OSHA categorized that violation as “serious,” meaning the violation could have caused serious harm and the employer should have recognized the hazard.

▪ Amazon failed to cover up a hole near a door that measured 2 inches deep. The violation was also categorized as serious.

▪ An outlet box powering a conveyor near a receiving dock was not mounted to a surface. The violation was categorized as “other-than-serious.”

For the two “serious” violation, OSHA proposed a penalty of $4,831. It proposed no penalty for the outlet box violation.

“Safety is our top priority, and one incident is too many,” said a spokeswoman for Amazon.

Amazon’s Nampa center has no prior history OSHA citations.

In February, the developer of the $130 million permanent fulfillment center, Panattoni Development Co. Inc. of Newport Beach, California, announced that construction is off schedule. Mayor Debbie Kling said she hopes that construction would start in the next 12 to 18 months.

The city has not been told when the project will be completed, Kling’s spokeswoman, Amy Bowman, previously told the Statesman. Amazon said it is not unusual for it to adjust timetables on new projects.

Amazon still has not acknowledged publicly that the planned center is the company’s. The project was codenamed “Project Bronco” when it came to light last year, and city officials still refer to it that way.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Amazon’s new delivery center at 1411 3rd Ave. N is serving a temporary station for Amazon as it prepares to build a 2.6 million square foot fulfillment center at another Nampa site. The delivery center focuses on sorting packages into local routes. The fulfillment center would pack products for delivery to customers across a larger region.

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Kate reports on West Ada and Canyon County for the Idaho Statesman. She previously wrote for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Providence Business News. She has been published in The Atlantic and BuzzFeed News. Kate graduated from Brown University with a degree in urban studies.
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