Bobby Gosvener wears a neck brace last month after a surgery to treat a herniated disk he suffered while working at an Amazon warehouse in Tulsa in December. 

SEATTLE — Amazon plans to spend $12 million to launch a new workplace-safety initiative with the National Safety Council, addressing a warehouse-injury rate that surpasses that of its rivals.

The company will announce plans Thursday to give the nonprofit advocacy group, perhaps best known for its driver-safety initiatives, the funds to conduct research and develop technology to reduce musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs. Those sorts of wear-and-tear problems account for about 40% of the injuries at Amazon’s warehouses, Heather MacDougall, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide workplace health and safety, said during a news conference Wednesday.

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