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World24 Amazon Employees Hospitalized After Can of Bear Spray Explodes at Fulfillment Center

20:55  06 december  2018
20:55  06 december  2018 Source:   time.com

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Two dozen workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey were sent to the hospital – one in critical condition – after a machine punctured an aerosol canister of bear repellent Wednesday. The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. at Amazon ’s fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township

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24 Amazon Employees Hospitalized After Can of Bear Spray Explodes at Fulfillment Center © Adrian Dennis—AFP/Getty Images Workers walk along aisles of goods stored inside an Amazon.co.uk fulfillment centre in Hemel Hempstead, north of London, on November 25, 2015. Shops could be seeing the effect of consumers postponing purchases until "Black Friday" on November 27, a day of sales in the United States that has become increasingly popular in Britain. (AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Two dozen workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey were sent to the hospital – one in critical condition – after a machine punctured an aerosol canister of bear repellent Wednesday.

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At least one Amazon employee is in critical condition after being exposed to fumes from a can of bear repellent that It was unclear how many workers were exposed to the fumes but 24 employees were taken to five area hospitals and “Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center , a damaged aerosol.

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The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township, outside of Trenton. Township spokesperson John Nalbone tells TIME that employees reported having trouble breathing and felt burning sensations in their eyes and throat.

Nalbone says emergency crews responded to a call that 54 employees were experiencing symptoms. Of those, 24 were taken to the hospital. One is in critical condition in the ICU, but expected to have “a positive outcome.”

According to Nalbone, an automated machine punctured a 9-ounce can of the bear spray, which contains highly concentrated capsaicin that is meant to repel aggressive bears up to 30 feet away.

Multiple brands of bear spray are available for sale on Amazon’s site.

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On Wednesday, 24 Amazon employees working in a Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, warehouse were sent to five different area hospitals after a 9oz canister of bear spray was deployed. On Wednesday evening, one of the 24 people hospitalized was in critical condition, while another 30

Twenty-four employees at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey were taken to hospital after a robot accidentally punctured a can of bear repellant. The 255g can containing concentrated capsaicin, a compound in chilli peppers, was punctured by an automated machine after it fell off a shelf, according

Amazon confirmed that a damaged canister caused the problem.

“Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility,” Rachael Lighty, an Amazon spokesperson, said in a statement to TIME. “The safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees in that area have been relocated to safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated onsite. As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment. We appreciate the swift response of our local responders.” Nalbone says the building was given the all-clear by the health department a few hours later. He says the canister was punctured on the third floor of the building and impacted only a small area. No nearby residents were at risk. The workers who were not taken to the hospital were given a few extras hours for their lunch break and were expected to return to work around 4 or 5 p.m., Nalbone says

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