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Friday, 3 July 2015
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.
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
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 was not harmed, Hillwig
said. He declined to give any more details about the case, citing an ongoing
news agency DPA reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring
charges, and if so, against whom.