12 Robbinsville Amazon workers taken to hospital after bear repellent canister falls off shelf

“Today at our Robbinsville (NJ) fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can [of bear repellent] dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility,” Rachael Lighty, regional manager for external communications for Amazon Operations, said.

“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. We appreciate the swift response of our local responders.”

John Nalbone, spokesperson for Robbinsville Township, said that emergency personnel responded to a morning 911 call that 54 workers at the fulfillment center were experiencing symptoms. Twenty-four workers were taken to local hospitals including one in critical condition.

Nalbone said the call came in at approximately 8:50 a.m. to the Robbinsville EMS/911 system. One wing of the 1.3 million square foot center was evacuated, he added.

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