Robot Kills a Man in Volkswagen Factory, Grabs and Crushes Against Metal Plate



A robot has killed a worker in a Volkswagen production plant in Germany on Wednesday. This was confirmed by the automobile manufacturer few hours ago.

At a manufacturing plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Frankfurt, a 22-year-old man was killed who was a part of the team that was setting up the stationary robot. This happened when robot grabbed his body and crushed him ruthlessly against a metal plate.

Volkswagen spokesperson Heiko Hillwig said that the initial conclusions indicate that there were human errors that are to be blamed for this incident. He added that the robot could be programmed to perform the various tasks in the factory and it normally operates in a small area where it grabs the automobile parts and manipulates them.

Such types of incidents are rare in western countries as the robots are kept inside the safety cages to prevent human interaction, but in this case, the contractor was inside the cage installing it.

At the time of the incident, another contractor was present who wasn’t harmed as he was outside the cage. The Financial Times writes that the company stressed on the fact that robot wasn’t some modern lightweight collaborative robot that works along with workers without following the safety rules and “robot” suffered no damage in the incident.

A German newspaper HNA reported that this robot is used for making the electric engines for the Volkswagen automobiles.

Ars Technica writes that this story gained attention when a Financial Times reported named Sarah O’Connor tweeted this story. Later she realized that her name posed similarity to Sarah Connor in the Terminator movies.

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With inputs from FT

Also read: Google Uses This Robot to Test Android Devices and Chrome OS

Adarsh Verma

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