Federal Agency Probing Accident That Sickened Amazon Workers in New Jersey

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Federal officials will review an accident in which an automated machine punctured a can of bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey, releasing fumes that sickened workers and sent two dozen to hospitals.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation into the accident could take up to six months to complete.
Twenty-four of the workers were taken to hospitals for treatment and release. A woman was in critical condition.

About 30 workers were tortured in the warehouse in Robbinsville. Difficulty in breathing or burning of the throat or eyes has been reported.

Authorities say the machine is damaging a box containing a concentrated amount of capsaicin, which includes an active chili pepper. The smoke was located in a part of the building.

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