Robot Kills Man at Volkswagen Plant…Human Error to Blame
- A 22-year-old man was helping to put together the stationary robot that grabs and configures auto parts Monday when the machine grabbed and pushed him against a metal plate, the Associated Press reported. He later died from the injuries.
- A spokesperson for the car company told the Associated Press that the robot can be programmed for specific tasks and that the company believes the malfunction was due to human error.
- The type of robot that crushed the employee is usually kept in a cage. The man was working on the robot inside the cage when he was grabbed. Prosecutors are still deciding whether to bring charges and whom they would pursue.