Worker killed by robot in welding accident at car parts factory in India

The man was reportedly stabbed by a metal arm and electrocuted

Lizzie Dearden
Thursday 13 August 2015 17:27 BST
The accident came weeks after another worker was killed at a Volkswagen factory in Germany
The accident came weeks after another worker was killed at a Volkswagen factory in Germany

A man has been killed by a robot at a car parts factory in India.

The 24-year-old worker was reportedly adjusting a metal sheet being welded by the machine when he was stabbed by one of its arms.

Ramji Lal, from Uttar Pradesh, had been working at a SKH Metals factory in Manesar for around 18 months when the accident happened on Wednesday, the Times of India reported.

“The robot is pre-programmed to weld metal sheets it lifts,” one of his colleagues told the newspaper.

“One such sheet got dislodged and Lal reached from behind the machine to adjust it. This was when welding sticks attached to the pre-programmed device pierced Lal's abdomen.”

The robot was automatically welding metal sheets when the accident happened

Some local media reports claimed Mr Lal was electrocuted during the accident and died at the scene, although his cause of death has not been confirmed.

Police are viewing CCTV footage of the factory and interviewing dozens of workers who were there at the time as the investigation continues.

Assistant Commissioner Rajesh Kuwar told the Indo-Asian News Service: “The company management and the contractor have been booked on charges of causing death due to negligence.”

The Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union has demanded a full enquiry into Mr Lal’s death and increased safety measures governing work with robots.

SKH Metals could not be reached for a comment.

It came after an employee at a Volkswagen factory in Germany was killed in another accident involving a robot.

The 22-year-old was working at a plant in Baunatal on 29 June when he was reportedly grabbed by the machine and crushed against a metal plate.

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