In Hyperholm, UK, an engineer was crushed by a robotic arm. Deco-Pak Limited bought robots for manufacturing processes, expecting the robots hired to speed up and automate the required processes. But buying robots turned out to be something terrible. The tragic event – death by the hand of a robot happened back in 2017, but only now received widespread publicity due to the ongoing lawsuit involving the owner of the company, where the accident occurred.
Andrew Tibbot, a company engineer, was fatally injured by the hand of a robot when he wanted to replace the sensor on the robot. The production process, according to the company’s sources, was not stopped, which is a gross violation of industrial safety. The victim, according to the prosecutor, was found by his son. However, by the time the doctors arrived, it was already useless to provide assistance …
But, as it turned out during the trial of the court materials, before this tragic incident, two workers of this company were also injured by a robotic arm for other reasons. Because of these incidents, they quit their jobs, finding the working conditions extremely unsafe. The prosecutor believes that this was due to the fact that the company did not provide adequate safety measures when working with robots.
According to the participants in the process, the proceedings will last at least six weeks. We will follow the decision of the court, which, we are sure, will not condemn the robot, but will take into account all the factors that led to such a case.