54 staff grew to become sick and one is in essential situation after a can of bear repellent exploded in an Amazon warehouse (AMZN)

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  • 54 staff have been handled by emergency medical providers after a can of bear repellent exploded at an Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, on Wednesday morning. 
  • 24 folks have been despatched to an area hospital, and one is in essential situation, Robbinsville spokesperson John Nalbone confirmed. 
  • The quick space is being ventilated, however the whole warehouse didn't have to be evacuated.

54 staff have been handled by emergency medical providers after an incident at an Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, an area official has confirmed.

A can of aerosol bear repellent exploded after falling off a shelf within the warehouse at about eight:50 Wednesday morning, in line with John Nalbone, the communications and public info officer for Robbinsville Township.

24 folks have been despatched to native hospitals, and one is in essential situation, Robbinsville spokesperson John Nalbone confirmed.

These affected reported having issue respiratory and experiencing a burning sensation within the eyes and throat. Bear repellent is generally fabricated from capsaicin, the chemical present in scorching peppers. 

Officers decided that the whole warehouse didn't have to be evacuated, and the affected space is being ventilated.

"At present at our Robbinsville achievement middle, a broken aerosol can allotted robust fumes in a contained space of the ability," Amazon spokesperson Rachael Lighty advised Enterprise Insider in an announcement. "The security of our workers is our high precedence, and as such, all workers in that space have been relocated to secure place and workers experiencing signs are being handled onsite. As a precaution, some workers have been transported to native hospitals for analysis and remedy. We recognize the swift response of our native responders."

Learn extra:Seven folks have died on the job in Amazon's warehouses since 2013 — here is what occurred

The corporate has come beneath hearth for its office practices earlier than. A report launched earlier this yr by the Nationwide Council for Occupational Security and Well being, a non-public nonprofit employee advocacy group, named Amazon as one among its "soiled dozen" corporations. Amazon landed on the listing for "a disturbing sample of preventable deaths," the report mentioned, noting that seven Amazon staff have died on or close to the job since 2013.

"We're happy with security report and 1000's of Amazonians work exhausting on daily basis innovating methods to make it even higher," an Amazon spokesperson mentioned in an announcement on the time of the report's launch.

Editor's be aware: This story was up to date to incorporate new details about the variety of staff affected by the incident. 

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