1. Robot grabs, kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

Robot grabs, kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.

By: | Published: July 2, 2015 11:11 AM

A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.

The man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers (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.

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.

  1. Nick Spannaus
    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:03 am
    Click-bait headline. Factories suffer machine-related deaths on a regular basis. Swapping in the word "robot" makes for a better story, I suppose.
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      t p
      Jul 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm
      Persons can be made to harm by bribes , greed or intimidating, likewise robot can be made to harm by necessary programming. So unless a person believe in the almighty God & fear from the bad works, such problems can not be resolved.
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        YK
        Jul 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm
        YK comments on the robot story: Islam is to blame! or is it rather the interpretation of Islam adopted by the robot that is to blame?! Investigators might look into the possibility that the robot embraced an interpretation of Islam that fasts according to the lunar calendar where Ramadan would occur at this time of year when fasting would consute most of the day (especially in Germany). In other words, the robot was in a state of temporary insanity due to fasting! The other possibility is that the robot embraced a more radical interpretation of Islam, one in the footsteps of ISIS thus it could be labeled as a terrorist act.
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