Robot Rebellion Has Begun

A robot is being blamed for the death of a woman who was killed in an accident at an auto-parts factory.

Maintenance technician Wanda Holbrook was killed back in July 2015. 

She was:

"Trapped by robotic machinery and pronounced dead at the scene."

Holbrook had worked at the Ventra Ionia Mains plant in Michigan for 12 years before the accident.

Her job was to perform maintenance and inspection on some of the robots.

Her husband, William Holbrook has filed a wrongful death complaint seeking damages.

His suit names five robotics companies that are responsible for manufacturing, installing and testing the robots: Lincoln Electric, Flex-N-Gate, Prodomax, FANUC and Nachi.

The suit alleges the different companies lack of safety systems and devices caused Holbrook's death.

The lawsuit also alleges what happened when Holbrook was killed.

“Wanda was working in either section 140 or 150 within the ‘100’ cell, when a robot from section 130 took Wanda by surprise, entering the section she was working."

The suit also claims she suffered "tremendous fright, shock and conscious pain and suffering" when she was being crushed to death.

Early last year the Michigan plant was hit with a proposed fine from state regulators over the accident.

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