On December 7th, Beijing time, 24 employees of a warehouse in Amazon, New Jersey, were taken to the hospital because a robot accidentally pierced a can of revenge.
According to reports, this 255g canned capsaicin was pierced from the shelf and was pierced by an automated machine.
The incident occurred on Wednesday at a warehouse in Robbinsville, a suburb of Trenton, New Jersey.
Amazon said: “All affected employees have been discharged from the hospital or are expected to be discharged within the next 24 hours. We have always put the safety of our employees first, and a comprehensive investigation has begun. ”
Amazon earlier said, “just in case,” these employees were taken to the hospital.
This incident once again highlights the state of the Amazon warehouse. In the United States and the United Kingdom, Amazon's warehouses have been criticized for their poor work habits and concerns about productivity above worker safety.
In June of this year, a survey detailed several cases in which warehouse workers were unable to work after injury, including the Robbinsville Distribution Center.
Stuart Appelbaum, president of the retail, wholesale and department store alliance, said, "Amazon's automated robots put humanity at risk of life. This is another shameless example of the company placing its profits above the health and safety of its employees. We cannot tolerate it. The life of the hardest working people in the world’s richest company is at risk and cannot be allowed to continue to go unpunished. ”
Democratic senator Bernie Sanders, who was nominated for the US presidential nomination in 2016, is one of the politicians who expressed concern about Amazon's working methods and low pay.
In the UK, from 2015 to 2017, ambulances were called to the Amazon warehouse 600 times. The company denied that its working conditions were bad.