A preliminary study determined that the birch repellent, which is like pepper spray for aggressive or charging bears, fell off a shelf. But a spokesman for Robbinsville Township further clarified that an automated machine punctured the 9-ounce can and released his toxic smoke. Amazon sells different types of bear repellant at its online shopping location.
In a statement released Wednesday night, Amazon said that all sick employees “were expected to be released from the hospital within the next 24 hours”. It added: “The safety of our employees is always our top priority and a complete investigation is already under way. We want to thank all the first respondents who helped to today’s event.”
Amazon uses a mix of Robo-Stiff arms and sight-based robots, among other machines, at their facilities. Drogena helps everything from moving smaller goods around a warehouse to unloading trailers from trailers. It also has an annual robotics challenge to show automated solutions to the challenges it faces in its fulfillment centers.
Amazon has repeatedly encountered working conditions on its warehouses. Earlier this year, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health presented it on a “Dirty Dozen” list of the most dangerous places to work in the United States. And just last month, a 50-foot wall collapsed at the company’s southeastern Baltimore follow-up center in the midst of a big storm and killed two people – but that event was due to extreme weather, rather than security accidents.
Experts claim collaborative robots start a safer working environment and note that they can help prevent damage or adverse health effects such as musculoskeletal disorders. But like humans, they can make mistakes – some of them have proven to be deadly. Until 2015, a robot at a Volkswagen factory broke a 22-year-old man to a metal plate. And last year, the family went to a repair technician who was killed in a factory accident in Michigan auto shares the three robotic companies they blamed for their death.