Amazon’s freight safety chief says its goal is “zero accidents, zero fatalities.”

A driver for a company used by Amazon was convicted of driving while high after crashing into a ditch.
The Wall Street Journal unearthed from public records that the driver was caught with a crack pipe.
Amazon said it would have cut ties with the company sooner had it known about the crash.

A truck driver for a company used by Amazon was convicted of driving while high after he crashed into a ditch in Minnesota and was caught with a crack pipe, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The online retail giant uses many external freight companies to help it transport goods and make deliveries. An investigation by the newspaper found that Amazon used some companies with unsafe driving scores that had raised red flags at the Department of Transportation. 

Amazon told The Journal, which unearthed the Minnesota case from public records, that it would have cut ties sooner with the company in question if it had been aware of the crash. The newspaper did not name the company or give further details about the incident.

Steve DasGupta, safety director of Amazon’s freight unit, told the publication: “Our goal is zero accidents, zero fatalities. We run a very safe network of tens of thousands of carriers.”

Amazon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Since 2015, trucking companies hauling freight for Amazon have been involved in crashes that killed more than 75 people, The Journal reported.

Amazon told the newspaper that the rate of fatalities per vehicle mile for its contractors was about 7% below the industry average in 2020.

Per the report, Condor Riders, MJS Enterprises, and Marrosso were three companies used by Amazon whose drivers were involved in accidents that were sometimes fatal.

Condor Riders, which is no longer trading, had an …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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