Amazon warehouse robot sends 24 human employees to hospital

Amazon warehouse robot sends 24 human employees to hospital

Amazon warehouse robot sends 24 human employees to hospital

Two dozen Amazon employees were hospitalized when one of their robot coworkers malfunctioned, spraying their workplace (and 30 more workers) with caustic bear repellent and putting one in critical condition.

The workers were treated at five different hospitals in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

Robbinsville spokesman John Nalbone explained to the Post that the can of bear spray released in the facility contained capsaicin, derived from the chile pepper plant capsicum. In doing so, a concentrated form of Capsaican was released into the air and nearby workers were exposed to it. Capsaican is an active component of chilli peppers and therefore forms a very effective irritant for both bears and humans.

'The safety of our employees is always our top priority and a full investigation is already under way'.

In a statement to ABC News, Amazon stated that employees at the fulfillment center were temporarily relocated while the area was secured by first responders.

Amazon issued a statement Wednesday night stating that employee safety was its number one concern. As a precaution, some employees were transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.

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In 2016, there were even reports that staff took to sleeping in tents in order to save money and be able to make it into work on time.

President Stuart Appelbaum said: 'Amazon's automated robots put humans in life-threatening danger today, the effects of which could be catastrophic and the long-term effects for 80 plus workers are unknown.

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a worker advocacy group, called for reforms to ensure employee safety.

"This is another outrageous example of the company putting profits over the health and safety of their workers, and we can not stand for this".

Multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos' online marketplace giant has come under repeated fire for the poor working conditions in its warehouses.

"The richest company in the world can not continue to be let off the hook for putting hard working people's lives at risk".

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