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08 декабря 2018, 10:35

Amazon Warehouse Workers Hospitalized in Bear Repellent Incident


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Things you never expect to say after a day at work in an Amazon warehouse: “Sorry I’m late. I was accidentally poisoned by bear repellent.”

Dozens of workers complained of breathing problems Wednesday morning, after a 9 oz. can of bear repellant was punctured inside the 1.3 million-square-foot facility in Robbinsville Township, N.J.

Someone called 911 around 8:50 a.m. ET, reporting the diffusion on the third floor of the warehouse’s south wing.

The aerosol can, containing what is essentially bear pepper spray, was hit by an “automated machine,” Robbinsville spokesman John Nalbone told The Washington Post  (which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) . No further details have been released.

“Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility,” Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said in a statement to Geek.

“The safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees in that area have been relocated to a safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated on-site,” she continued. “As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.”

Twenty-four workers were moved to nearby hospitals; one person was listed in critical condition.

Bear pepper spray—like the lachrymatory agent many humans carry for self-defense—is a non-toxic, non-lethal deterrent that causes the animal’s mucous membranes to swell. The result: A confused bear with near total, yet only temporary, loss of sight and severely restricted breathing.

The perfect moment to RUN.

According to an explainer released by Yellowstone National Park, symptoms usually subside within 45 minutes. Folks who’ve been exposed, however, should be closely monitored.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.

Editor’s note: This article was updated at 12:15 p.m. ET with comment from Amazon.

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Source: https://www.geek.com/culture/amazon-warehouse-workers-hospitalized-in-bear-repellent-incident-1764514/?source=amazon