NATION – 80 Capitol County Amazon Warehouse Workers Poisoned by Bear Spray – 1 in Critical Condition, 24 Taken to 5 Hospitals. Union Asks for Accountability.
Robbinsville, NJ: 12.5.2018 newjerseystrong.com news – Up to 80 Capital County Amazon warehouse (NJTP exit 7A) workers were poisoned inside the shipping plant causing difficulty breathing, burning throats and eyes. 24 were taken to 5 hospitals in central New Jersey. 1 worker is in critical condition and hospitalized at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.
Strong fumes from a container of bear spray dispersed when punctured by a robot exposing workers to spray used to repel wild bears. #amazon
“Today, Amazon put warehouse workers in the hospital – again and one is fighting for their life in the ICU right now. 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+ workers are unknown. This is another outrageous example of the company putting profits over the health and safety of their workers, and we cannot stand for this. 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,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).