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Injuries At Amazon’s Fresno Warehouse Double The State Industry Average

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Credit Kerry Klein / Valley Public Radio
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Manuela Tobias covers poverty and inequality for the Fresno Bee.

In 2018, e-commerce giant Amazon opened a fulfillment center in Southwest Fresno. It employs thousands of people and reportedly offers better pay and benefits than similar jobs, but an investigation by the Fresno Beefound that its injury rate is double the state average for the warehouse industry. In this interview, FM89’s Kerry Klein speaks with Bee reporter Manuela Tobias about what kinds of injuries are being reported, how she investigated this story, and how Amazon has responded.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.