A robot fatally crushed a man at a Volkswagen plant in Germany this week.

The 22-year-old contractor was working on a stationary robot when it grabbed him and pushed him against a metal plate.


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VW spokesperson Heiko Hillwig said the fatality was likely due to human error, not because of a problem with the robot.

The Associated Press reported:

Another contractor was present when the incident occurred, but wasn't harmed, Hillwig said. He declined to give any more details about the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.


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