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A worker at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey is in critical condition and another 54 required treatment after being exposed to bear repellent that discharged when a shipment fell off a shelf Wednesday morning inside the building, officials said.

A total of 80 workers at the Robbinsville distribution center were exposed to the bear repellent experienced difficulty breathing and burning in the throat and eyes, officials said. They were triaged by first responders outside the building and 54 required treatment, according to a Robbinsville spokesman John Nalbone. Twenty-four of those workers were taken to five local hospitals, Nalbone said. One worker is critical. Additional details on the other workers was not immediately available.

 

 

The discharge of the bear repellent around 8:45 a.m. was confined to the third floor in the south end of the sprawling warehouse, Nalbone said. The sprawling building, which has hundreds of workers during a normal shift, was not completely evacuated, Nalbone said.

Amazon confirmed the damaged can dispersed strong fumes in the 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 a safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated onsite,” a company spokeswoman said. “As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.”

 

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    Tom Martin · 20:31 12/05/2018
    Stuff works, no bears showed up, did they?!
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    Leo Gitt · 14:49 12/05/2018
    Clearly, this wasn't your average bear (repellent)...Seriously, prayers and best wishes to/for the victims. If one can is capable of doing this much damage, what would an entire pallet do?
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    Sherlock · 14:36 12/05/2018
    A blow to Amazon is a blow for FREEDOM>
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    bobby · 13:20 12/05/2018
    too bad it wasn't lizard repellent because it would have only affected the managerial capacities... but nothing to see here slaves just keep pulling orders and box it up off yo shipping
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    Tim · 13:03 12/05/2018
    Shop brick and morter
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    Smoke the bah humbah · 12:56 12/05/2018
    You just know that someone was paid to "set this up" so that regulators of Amzion will be forced to determine that it is much to hazardous to stock this stuff so that the avg. Joe will not be able to obtian it for self defense purposes...or to protect himself from liberal bears. LOL!! Serioulsly, if ever anything 'smells' like a 'setup' this is it! ...a pallet just fall of the shelf..right!!
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    Robert · 12:38 12/05/2018
    Employee safety is their top priority, my ass.
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    selah · 11:36 12/05/2018
    pepper spray?
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