BERLIN — Automaker Volkswagen says a robot has killed a contractor at one of its production plants in Germany.
A spokesman for VW says the man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Frankfurt.Heiko Hillwig said Wednesday the 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate.
Hillwig said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot.German news agency DPA reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.In ostensibly unrelated news, Terminator Genisys opened Wednesday.
Though the company uses some lightweight robots to work on the production line next to humans, a spokesperson told the Financial Times that this was not one of those robots. 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.