One industrial robot crushed an employee at an agricultural products distribution center in South Gyeongsang province, South Korea. According to the local news agency Yonhap, apparently the robot was unable to differentiate the man from the boxes of products he was stacking.
According to The Guardian, the 40-year-old employee worked inspecting the operations of the robot’s sensor, whose function is to lift boxes full of vegetables and place them on a pallet. However, due to some equipment failure, the robot was unable to identify the man.
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The robotic arm pushed the man’s upper body against the conveyor belt, crushing his face and chest, according to Yonhap. The employee was rescued by co-workers and taken to the hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries and later died.
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The incident is the second of its kind to occur in South Korea this year. In March, a 50-year-old man suffered serious injuries after being trapped by a robot while working at an auto parts factory.