Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

Berlin, (AP): A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker has said.

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The man died on Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said yesterday.

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.

Another contractor was present when the incident occurred, but wasn’t harmed, Hillwig said. He declined to give any more details about the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.

2 Comments

  1. The robots without taking any break can produce cars, and the supply of automobiles is over crowded around the world. Even 2014 inventories are piled up in the U.S.

  2. More appropriate headline should be…Man killed in an industrial accident. This is no different from people getting killed during traffic accidents – Cars or Trucks don’t kill people on their own!! But…we are living in a world where nothing moves without some ‘oggarane’….!!

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