An Amazon Warehouse Robot Sprayed 24 Workers With Bear Repellent

An Amazon Warehouse Robot Sprayed 24 Workers With Bear Repellent
“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,” Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, said in a scathing statement to ABC News. “The richest company in the world cannot continue to be let off the hook for putting hard working people’s lives at risk.”

Like pepper spray, bear spray is typically made out of extremely spicy peppers. Amazon sells many types of the spray , the regular purpose of which is to repel rampaging bears — but in the confines of the warehouse, it laid waste to two dozen Amazon workers.

One worker was in critical condition after the accident in Robbinsville Township, a local official told ABC — but all workers were expected to be released from the hospital within 24 hours.

Amazon, which has caught flak for poor working conditions in its warehouses as it’s grown into a global retail giant — though it did give its workers a substantial raise this year — immediately sprang into a defensive posture.

“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,” an Amazon spokesperson told ABC in a statement. “As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.”

I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement and Privacy Policy
News Topics :
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. An automated machine punctured a can of bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey on Wednesday, releasing fumes that sickened workers and sent two dozen...
Amazon announced on Thursday that it is hunting for a site for a new headquarters in North America, in addition to its sprawling Seattle hub. Mayor Tory...
NEW YORK Amazon s announcement that it would raise its hourly minimum wage to $15 has been seen as a win for workers. But some longtime employees say they...
TORONTO – Toronto Mayor John Tory says he will be “leading the charge” to convince Amazon that it should call the city its second home. Amazon announced on Thursday that...
Amazon Inc said on Tuesday it would raise its minimum wage to US$15 per hour for its U.S. employees from next month, as it faces criticism for pay disparity from...