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H/t reader squodgy:
“Whoops……..what could possibly go wrong……….just went wrong……….”
– Robot kills a man at Volkswagen plant (RT, July 2, 2015):
A machine on an assembly line grabbed a worker and thrust him against a metal slab, causing lethal injuries.
– Robot Kills Worker At German Car Factory (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 2, 2015):
Here’s an interesting story I came across last night. From the Guardian:
A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker has said.
The man died on Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100km (62 miles) north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said.
The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate, Hillwig said.
He said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process. He said it normally operates within a confined area at the plant, grabbing auto parts and manipulating them.
German news agency DPA reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.
Welcome to the 21st century.