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Amazon Robot Sprays 54 Workers With Bear Repellent


Amazon Warehouse WorkerA total of 54 Amazon workers in New Jersey suffered the effects of being exposed to bear repellent spray yesterday while at work in one of Amazon's warehouses. Thirty of the workers were treated at the scene, 24 needed to go to the hospital, and one remains in a critical decision. The incident was caused by a robot. 


As ABC News reports, one of Amazon's many automated robots managed to puncture a nine ounce can of bear repellent spray. In doing so, a concentrated form of Capsaicin was released into the air and nearby workers were exposed to it. Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers and therefore forms a very effective irritant for both bears and humans. You won't be surprised to hear it's also a major ingredient in pepper spray.


According to an Amazon spokeswoman, the repellent was released in a "contained area of the facility" which was subsequently filled with strong fumes. The employees transported to five local hospitals were done so just as a precaution and Amazon believes they are all expected to be released within 24 hours. ...

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