A 22-year-old contractor was killed this week at a Volkswagen plant in Germany when an industrial robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate. A VW representative told ABC News;
“Earlier this week a contractor was injured while installing some machinery in the Kassel factory. He died later in hospital from his injuries and our thoughts are with his family. We are of course carrying out a full investigation into the incident and cannot comment further at this time.”
It may sound like a joke or the start of a robot uprising in a Hollywood movie, but Volkswagen spokesman Heiko Hillwig told the AP earlier that human error was likely the cause of the accident. Another contractor was present at the time of the accident, but Hillwig declined to give more details about the case due to an ongoing investigation. The robot involved in the incident is used to perform various assembly tasks and works in a confined area of the plant. The identity of the victim has not been released.
Scary. But if this is a prank to promote the new Terminator sequel, Genisys, this is NOT going to go over well… (via ABC News)