Two dozen Amazon Warehouse warehouse workers in New Jersey were hospitalized Wednesday, one in critical condition after a robot had hit a local defense against bears. The news was soon picked up by the National Outlets and distributed on social media in part because it is a perfect horror story for the year of our Lord 2018.
A total of 54 workers in Robbinsville, NJ facility were exposed to steaming. Bear antacids are made with capsaicin or chili pepper extract. Many of the workers had shortness of breath and said their necks and eyes were burning. All injured workers are expected to be released from hospitals soon after they have not been there, according to Amazon spokesman Rachael Lighty. "The safety of our employees is always our top priority," she said in a statement. The OSA says it is investigating the incident.
Wednesday's calamity demonstrates the many dangers faced by workers in Amazon's sprawling camps, where nearly every imaginable product can be in storage ̵
But things get a lot stranger if you find out that this is not the case For the first time, an anticancer compound exploded in an Amazon facility. In 2015, the fire department responded to an accident at an Amazon facility in Haslet, Texas, which was caused by a robot running over a can of no one other than bear repellent, according to public records that Jessica Brother found for her book had Nomadland describing the life of the older, temporary workforce of the retail giant.
The New Jersey incident was not even the first bear-defense accident at an Amazon plant in 2018! An employee at an Amazon camp in Indiana told WIRED that a jar might have broken in his facility earlier this year. The worker says the accident was caused by someone dropping the can and believes no injuries have occurred. They think the way the product is packaged could be the problem. the clerk adds that they too have dropped the repellent, though it does not crack in their case. "It's a shell that opens when you pick it up," says the staff member. "What I can say is that our security people are on it and they are top notch."
Amazon spokesman Lighty confirmed in an e-mail that a bear-alleged incident had occurred in Indiana earlier this year. She also confirmed the 2015 accident in Texas. However, she added, "I do not have accurate information about the cause of both scenarios except that they were different."
At Amazon, not only can problems with sprays occur. This week's adversity in New Jersey has affected a particularly large number of people, but bizarre and tragic accidents occur regularly in the company's facilities, some of which are more severe than others. In November, two Amazon contractors were killed when a wall collapsed in a distribution center in Baltimore during a heavy storm. Seven months earlier, two people suffered minor injuries at a facility in Ohio after a tornado ripped open a 100-foot hole in the roof. Last September, an employee of an Amazon warehouse in Pennsylvania was run over by a truck and killed.
Accidents often happen on Amazon, in part because it's one of the biggest employers in the US. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal accidents across the country are on the rise. According to another employee who works in an Amazon warehouse on the East Coast, Amazon employs medical contractors locally at least in some facilities. They are equipped for basic medical care for minor illnesses and injuries. The worker said that a handful of medical staff work in every facility in his facility.
However, some experts say Amazon is a particularly dangerous workplace for other reasons. The National Occupational Safety and Health Working Group announced in August that Amazon exceeded its annual "Dirty Dozen" list, highlighting those companies they believe are workers due to dangerous work practices especially endanger. The organization counted seven deaths that have occurred at Amazon's US plants since 2013, including three at various locations in five weeks in 2017. (The two Baltimore contractors who died in November would increase the number to nine.) When the COSH A report from Amazon has been released, an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider in part, "Although a serious incident is too much, we learn and improve our programs to prevent future incidents." The company added that every month Interviewing Employees to Measure Perception
In the UK, over the past three years, ambulances have been called to Amazon facilities more than 600 times, as submitted by the GMB Freedom of Information (Freedom of Information). A July report from The Guardian found that some Amazon workers were injured, rendering them incapacitated and, in some cases, homeless.
The plant in Robbinsville, in which the bear save incident of Wednesday fell, was critically examined other questions of work safety. In 2016, OSHA published a quote from Amazon for not reporting at least 26 work-related illnesses and injuries. "We take security very seriously, disagree with the results and will challenge the citation," an Amazon spokesman told CBS Moneywatch at the time.
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