Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Company Fined for Robot Attack

An auto parts manufacturer based near Toronto, Canada was fined $150,000 May 4 for two violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in a serious head injury to an employee.

On Jan. 20, 2005, a worker was repairing a robotic machine when the machine's robotic arm suddenly activated and struck the worker in the head.

The worker suffered a fractured skull.

Following a trial, the company was found guilty of:

Failing to lock out the robotic machine to prevent it from starting, as required by Section 76 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments. This was contrary to Section 25(1)(c) of the act; and

Failing to provide the injured worker with information, instruction and supervision on lockout procedures to protect the worker's health and safety. This was contrary to Section 25(2)(a) of the act.

No word on what has become of the violent robot.



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