FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 21, 2018
SEATTLE, WA - Online retailer Amazon may offer bionic arm and leg replacement for their warehouse workers who are struggling to keep up with the pace at their warehouses across the globe. The retailer, with dozens of giant warehouses dotting the American and European landscape, has been accused of treating their workers like robots.
A spokesperson for Amazon said the company may offer the surgery because of complaints they have heard about the robot-like pace their are required to maintain.
“We are looking into offering this limb replacement surgery as a long-term solution to help our employees with the near constant motion that we require,” said Downton Sinclair, a spokesperson for Amazon. “We know that limb replacement would be a radical procedure for most people, but we are thinking about the long-term benefit of our employees.”
Sinclair is no relation to the crusading novelist, Upton Sinclair, who wrote about the harsh conditions experienced by Chicago immigrants in “The Jungle.” The novel exposed rampant health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry in the early 20th century.
Scientists and engineers have made great strides in the functionality of prosthetic or bionic limbs, making them lighter and better able to handle the stress on constant motion. One bionic arm uses vibrations and a sensory illusion to give wearers a natural sense of their robotic appendage moving through space.
In England, Amazon has been accused of treating its workers like robots, according to numerous news stories. According to a report issued by The Guardian newspaper, in May of this year, ambulances had been called 600 times to UK warehouses during a one year period, and 115 times at the Rugeley Amazon warehouse near Birmingham.That compares with eight calls to a nearby warehouse of a similar size where 1,300 people work during the same period.
Amazon says the company would offer to pay for most of the surgery so that it would cost employees much less than $6 million, the amount that it cost to configure Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors) into a bionic man in 1974. After being severely injured as a test pilot, Austin is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, and serves as an intelligence agent.
For more information, contact Amazon or Jeff Bezos at (888) 280-4331.
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