ROBOT KILLS MAN IN VOLKSWAGEN CAR FACTORY

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A Volkswagen plant in Dresden

An assembly robot has killed a man at a Volkswagen plant in Germany, the Associated Press reports.

The 22-year-old contractor died at a plant in Baunatal on Monday when the robot he was there to set up grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate, according to a statement on Wednesday by VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig.

Once installed, this kind of robot arm typically runs in isolation, performing a number of tasks that involve grabbing heavy auto parts and moving them around with great speed. Hillwig says that all initial signs point to error on the contractor’s part. An investigation is ongoing.

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