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Who was Rafael Reynaldo Mota Frias? (Family of Amazon worker who died of a heart attack on Prime Day blame sweltering heat in unair-conditioned New Jersey warehouse)Wiki, Bio, Age, Death, Instagram, Twitter & Quick Facts

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Who was Rafael Reynaldo Mota Frias ?

The Amazon employee who suffered a fatal heart attack at a fulfillment center on Prime Day worked in sweltering conditions that contributed to his death, his family and co-workers say.

Rafael Reynaldo Mota Frias, 42, died of cardiac arrest on July 13, in 92-degree temperatures during the online retailer’s peak season, prompting a federal workplace safety investigation.

“He was an expert at his job, but he was too demanding,” the fallen worker’s cousin, Marlen Frias, told the Daily Beast.

Frías was a father and a “great person,” said her cousin, who “always thought of others.”

Rafael Reynaldo Mota Frías, 42, died of a heart attack at the Amazon Carteret, NJ warehouse on July 13, Prime Day.
A monument to Frías, displayed on a monitor at EWR9 (the store’s name), describes him as “a hard-working associate who always looks to help where needed.”

‘His team and the entire EWR9 family are deeply saddened by this loss. We will remember Rafael and give our condolences to his family”.

Frías, who worked at the facility for five months, will be buried in his native Dominican Republic, according to the memorial.

Investigation

His death has prompted new calls to unionize the warehouse and the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a six-month investigation into what happened.

New Jersey Congressman Donald Norcross, along with seven other state Democratic representatives, sent a letter to OSHA in May asking the working conditions watchdog to investigate worker injuries at the warehouse.

The letter, which cited a report on worker safety at the company, said warehouse injuries rose nearly 20 percent between 2020 and 2021, “despite commitments from then-Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to improve working conditions”.

Jeff Bezos to make Amazon the ‘safest workplace on Earth

In the Garden State, worker injuries increased 54 percent during the same period. Amazon accounts for 33 percent of all warehouse workers in the country, the Democratic delegation reported, but in 2021 it accounted for 49 percent of workers injured on the job.

“Despite commitments from Jeff Bezos to make Amazon the ‘safest workplace on Earth,’ reports suggest conditions for Amazon workers are worsening and failing to meet industry standards,” they wrote. Norcross and the other delegates.

OSHA’s work-related injury statistics showed that since 2017, Amazon reported higher rates of serious injuries causing employees to miss work or switch to lighter duties, compared to other warehouse operators in retail, The Washington Post reported last year.

By comparison, Walmart, the largest private employer in the US and one of Amazon’s competitors, reported 2.5 serious cases per 100 workers at its facilities in 2020, the Post reported. Other companies included in the OSHA data are Bed, Bath & Beyond and Big Lots.

Bezos resigned from the Amazon leadership in 2021, but in a 2020 letter to shareholders he vowed to be the “best employer on Earth and the safest workplace on Earth.”

“The fact is that the great team of thousands of people who lead operations at Amazon have always cared deeply about our hourly employees, and we’re proud of the work environment we’ve created,” he said.

Injuries to Amazon warehouse workers in New Jersey alone are up 54 percent, according to one study.

Frias’s former co-workers say the workplace isn’t safe enough.

According to a colleague who worked with the deceased Amazon employee, on July 13 he complained of chest pains while working his shift. He had to walk 15 minutes to the first aid office and then walked another 15 minutes to her workstation before an ambulance was called, the woman, who asked not to be identified, told NJ Spotlight News.

After 30 minutes of suffering, an ambulance was called, the worker said.

Christian Smalls, president of the Amazon Workers Union, wrote on Twitter that there was an even longer delay.

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