Ro­bot kills man at Volk­swa­gen plant

CityPress - - Business - Staff re­porter –

Hu­man er­ror is thought to be be­hind the death of a con­trac­tor who was killed by a ma­te­ri­als-han­dling ro­bot at a Volk­swa­gen pro­duc­tion plant in Ger­many.

A com­pany spokesper­son said the 22year-old man was work­ing with a team in­stalling the sta­tion­ary ro­bot when the ma­chine grabbed him and crushed him against a me­tal plate. He was se­verely in­jured and later passed away in hos­pi­tal.

Another con­trac­tor work­ing along­side the man was un­harmed.

The ro­bot in­volved in the in­ci­dent is used to per­form var­i­ous assem­bly tasks and works in a con­fined area of the plant.

The com­pany added: “We are car­ry­ing out a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

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

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