Amazon contends with uproar from BBC investigation

|By:, SA News Editor

An undercover BBC reporter took a job as a "picker" at a U.K. Amazon (AMZN +0.8%) fulfillment center, and secretly filmed the demanding night shifts required of the job.

The reported claims to have walked nearly 11 miles during the course of one shift, and was harshly critical of Amazon's labor practices. "We are machines, we are robots, we plug our scanner in, we're holding it, but we might as well be plugging it into ourselves."

Meanwhile, in a quote garnering headlines, a U.K. work stress expert declared the reporter's evidence suggests the job carries "increased risk of mental illness and physical illness."

Amazon has responded to the story by asserting it's complying "with all relevant legal requirements," and that an independent expert appointed by the company called its warehouse jobs similar to those in many other industries.

This isn't the first time a media expose has taken aim at working conditions at an Amazon warehouse.