The robot made a “diversion” on Amazon warehouse, 24 people were taken to hospital

As reported by Engadget port operating in the warehouse of Amazon in the town of Robbinsville (new Jersey) robot punctured the canister containing the repellent bears. Contained in the spray chemicals cause suffocation and temporary blindness. The incident resulted in more than two dozen employees of the warehouse, which employs more than 3,000 people were hospitalized. As reported by the news Agency ABC News, one person was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, but later his condition stabilized. Three dozen employees assistance was provided on site.

Amazon provides a minimum of detail. In the initial statement said that the canister containing the caustic chemical substance that fell from the shelves. However, the representative of the mayor’s office later clarified that one of the robots working in the warehouse, stabbed 255 mm container containing a toxic substance. What machine opened the container not specified.

In an official statement, the Corporation focuses on the fact that all employees had a corporate insurance and all leave the hospital at the end of the day.

“The safety of our employees is always a priority. Currently a full and comprehensive investigation of the incident. We would like to thank everyone who helped us in the elimination of the consequences”, — is spoken in the message.

After the incident, and the evacuation of employees who were not injured, “was transferred to a secure facility and returned back to work.”

According to the latest fire Department of Robinsville, the incident affected only the South wing of the third floor of the warehouse. The arrived rescuers quickly localized and neutralized all hazardous substances in the premises. Residents are in no danger.

Engadget reminds us that Amazon is in charge of technologies and processes automate delivery of goods to final consumers. At the company’s warehouses are used as industrial manipulators Robo-Stow, equipped with cameras and robotic movers. Machines help in everything: from the movement of small goods in the warehouse and ending with the unloading of trucks that bring goods to the warehouses.

At the same time, it is noted that the company is constantly criticized for not the most suitable working conditions in their warehouses. Earlier this year, the organization for the protection of the interests of “National safety Board and health” (National Council for Occupational Safety and Health) has put the company in a list of “Dirty dozen” (Dirty Dozen), which includes the most dangerous places to work in the United States. Last month in the American city of Baltimore collapsed wall of one of the Amazon offices, unable to withstand the onslaught of the hurricane and taking the lives of two people. In fairness it should be noted that the incident is associated with catastrophic weather conditions.

Experts say that the industrial robots designed to physically interact with people in a collaborative working environment can really reduce the risk of getting people from a different injury in the workplace. At the same time, they, like people, are not protected from errors. Some of these errors can lead to fatal consequences. For example, in 2015, one of the robots of the factory Volkswagen killed 22-year-old employee, grabbing and throwing it into a metal plate. In the past year against companies who took part in creating the robot used in the factory Ventra Ionia Mains in Detroit, filed in the court. According to the case, the robot killed the employee of the plant, “mistaking” her for a part of a machine.

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