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Robot attacked Swedish factory worker

"A Swedish company has been fined 25,000 kronor ($3,000) after a malfunctioning robot attacked and almost killed one of its workers at a factory north of Stockholm.

Public prosecutor Leif Johansson mulled pressing charges against the firm but eventually opted to settle for a fine.

"I've never heard of a robot attacking somebody like this," he told news agency TT.

The incident took place in June 2007 at a factory in Bålsta, north of Stockholm, when the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.

But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim's head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries.

"The man was very lucky. He broke four ribs and came close to losing his life," said Leif Johansson.

The matter was subject to an investigation by both the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) and the police.

Prosecutor Johansson chastised the company for its inadequate safety procedures but he also placed part of the blame on the injured worker."


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Exactly why I have robot insurance! In the event that I am killed by a robot my wife will be a rich lady. Anyone remember that old Saturday Night Live commercial? It is probably on youtube somewhere. 
Remember, for peace of mind if they come for you, and they will.
Pity that site is US viewers only. Is it a book or a movie? How many words? First word.........
Ok, try this one. If ya got Quicktime.

BotJunkie says (and rightly so):

"[...] their headline “Robot Beats Man In Sweden, Grabbing His Head and Shaking Him” is kind of misleading and, if I may say so, also kind of anti-robot and a symptom of media bias against robot accidents in general in that it attributes some kind of motive that obviously doesn’t exist. [...]"


They did not say what the so-called victim did wrong.

When I worked for another company, one of their engineers had his hand crushed by a robot. He was only a "victim" to his own stupidity!  He disabled the safety protocols and put his hand inside a machine designed to crush aluminium tube while it had power.

I'd say the robot was innocent and the worker in your story just screwed up. That would explain the relatively small fine paid by the company.