This Wednesday, December 5, at an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, 24 employees were hospitalized after a robot accidentally tore open a can of bear repellant, releasing the gas into the building.


The 24 injured workers were rushed to five nearby hospitals, where one is in critical condition. Thankfully, all patients are set to be released within 24 hours. 30 others were treated at the scene for minor issues.

Robbinsville Township's communications and public information officer, John Nalbone, described what happened to a local ABC news affiliate:

"...an automated machine accidentally punctured a 9-ounce bear repellent can, releasing concentrated Capsaican."


Capsaican is the active ingredient in pepper spray. Wikipedia describes it as follows:

"Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus Capsicum. It is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact."

An Amazon spokesperson commented to ABC News:

"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."

In a Wednesday night statement released by the company, Amazon said:

"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."

On Twitter, robot jokes were everywhere.






Amazon employees have no union, but the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union president, Stuart Appelbaum, issued a statement:

"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. 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."


Let's hope the robot is reprogrammed right away and further safety measures are installed. The well-being of every human working in fulfillment centers like this one should be Amazon's highest possible concern.

H/T - ABC, NBC

CHUTTERSNAP/Unsplash

Being woken up suddenly is not very good for our health.

Especially for the elderly, it's not something to make a habit of. Sleep interruption can increase blood pressure, cause a worsened self image, and cause a day filled with irritation and confusion.

No one wants to be woken up, but there are definitely some reasons for being woken up that are worse than your alarm clock.

We went to Ask Reddit to find out some of the worst reasons people have been woken up.

Keep reading... Show less

People have a habit of excusing crap behavior - honestly because it's often easier in the short term. Long term = flaming dumpster fire.

Keep reading... Show less

We live in a time where we are critically re-examining how we pay workers. After a two-year-long pandemic where some low-income and "unskilled" jobs were deemed "essential," we now must put our money where our mouth is.

For too long in the world have incredibly important jobs been overlooked or else outright maligned. Teachers in the USA make some of the least money, career-wise, and have some of the hardest jobs. Dancers pay to put their bodies through hell with no guarantee of paid work after training.

Keep reading... Show less

What causes a small town to die?

Honestly, there can be quite a few factors, but perhaps the biggest one is that small towns often lack the upward mobility opportunities that are more available in urban areas.

As a result, many towns around the United States for instance have lost tens of millions of people as their populations seek jobs and opportunities elsewhere.

And what remains of these places can be pretty sketchy.

People told us more after Redditor RadicalizedSnackWrap asked the online community,

"What's a super sketchy US city that we never hear about?"
Keep reading... Show less