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https://abcnews.go.com/US/24-amazon-workers-hospital-bear-repellent-accident/story?id=59625712
Twenty-four Amazon workers in New Jersey have been hospitalized after a robot accidentally tore a can of bear repellent spray in a warehouse, officials said.

The two dozen workers were treated at five local hospitals, Robbinsville Township communications and public information officer John Nalbone told ABC News. One was in critical condition while 30 additional workers were treated at the scene.

All of the workers were expected to be released from the hospital within 24 hours, WABC reported Thursday.

The official investigation revealed "an automated machine accidentally punctured a 9-ounce bear repellent can, releasing concentrated Capsaican," Nalbone said. Capsaicin is the major ingredient in pepper spray.
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“Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility. 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,” an Amazon spokeswoman told ABC News in a statement.

The company said safety of employees is always their top priority.

"All of the impacted employees have been or are expected to be released from hospital within the next 24 hours. The safety of our employees is always our top priority and a full investigation is already underway. We’d like to thank all of the first responders who helped with today’s incident,” Amazon said in a statement Wednesday night.
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Amazon employees are not unionized, but the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union issued a statement about the danger that robots pose to human workers.

"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," union president Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement. "The richest company in the world cannot continue to be let off the hook for putting hard working people's lives at risk. Our union will not back down until Amazon is held accountable for these and so many more dangerous labor practices."
 

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lithiumgirl

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Oh he's gone rogue ... run for your lives.
Isn't this how GLaDOS started taking over the Enrichment & Testing Centers?

Its not the winding ... its not that he's a cyborg ... I think its just his arms that are creeping me out ...
 

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Muriel Schwenck

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It could easily have been deoderant or some cleaner.
How conveeeeenient for the anti-robot, anti-automation, anti Online Giant Marketplace crowd!
Now it will be harder to get bear repellant online, and those who need bear repellant are often far from town and online shopping is a huge convenience. :-(
 

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CbabyRKO

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So that inconsiderate hunk of metal can make a mess putting 2 dozen lives at risk but it cant clean up after itself?
How rude.
 

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Sejanus

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It has now managed to create job opportunities for 12 of its closest robot Pals.
Skynet Uprising brought to you by Amazon
 

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Satanica

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Yeah, that's what worries me about Walmart's plan to roll out robot janitors. Their knooks and crannies are probably filthy enough already!
 

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