Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

Automaker Volkswagen says a robot has killed a contractor at one of its production plants in Germany.


A spokesman for VW says the man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Frankfurt.


Heiko Hillwig said Wednesday the 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate.


Hillwig said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot.


German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.

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