Robot kills worker at VW production plant

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VW Plant Germany


A worker at Volkswagen’s German factory has died after an incident with a stationary robot used in the vehicle manufacturing process. The robot grabbed the 22 year old man and crushed him against a metal plate whilst being set up by the victim and his team.


The incident took place on Monday 29th June at VW’s Baunatal plant that lies approximately 62 miles north of Frankfurt. The robots manipulate motor parts throughout the vehicle manufacturing process and operate in protected areas. In result, it is incredibly rare for human incidents to occur.


VW Factory Robots


Initial findings blame human error with VW spokesperson Heiko Hillwig providing the following statement:


“The incident occurred on Monday as a Volkswagen factory in Baunatal, Hesse, when the 21-year-old man from another company was working on assembling the robot for a new electric motor production line.

When the robot started up, it grabbed the man and thrust him against a metal slab. The employee, from a company from Meissen in Saxony, suffered severe contusions in his chest area. He was resuscitated at the scene, but then died at the hospital.”


Local newspapers reported that the victim was stood within the production area whilst others remained outside of it.


Robots play an integral role within manufacturing across the globe. Thankfully, incidents of this nature are rare. Our thoughts go out to the victim and his family.


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