Robot kills man at a Volkswagen plant in Germany

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An assembly robot has killed a worker at a Volkswagen production plant in Germany.

According to Associated Press, the 22-year-old man was working in on of Volkswagen’s production plants located in Baunatal, in Hesse, Germany when a stationary robot used for assembly grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate.

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Volkswagen spokesman Heiko Hillwig said that initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot. The robot can be programmed to perform specific tasks like grabbing auto parts and manipulating them. The investigation is still ongoing.

source: AP, FT

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