At least 17 workers at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey have been hospitalized after a bear repellent canister fell off a shelf and sprayed them.
Nearly 80 workers in total are being treated by emergency responders at the warehouse in Robbinsville, New Jersey, for difficulty breathing and burning in the eyes due to the repellant, according to the North Jersey Record.
A triage was set up by EMS for workers who did not require hospitalization. One worker was reported as being in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
The repellant can fell of a shelf on the third floor of the warehouse, prompting an evacuation of the floor.
The entire facility is not being evacuated, the fire department told the news outlet.
Robbinsville Fire Dept on scene at Amazon Warehouse on New Canton Way investigating “fumes” that have several employees complaining of illness. Fire Dept is attempting to isolate the source. EMTs are triaging multiple patients. 7 ambulances and a medic currently assigned
— Robbinsville Fire (@IAFFLocal3786) December 5, 2018
“Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility,” Amazon spokesperson Rachael Lighty told Business Insider in a statement. “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.”