First Person Killed by a Robot

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Robert Williams (c. 1954 – January 25, 1979), a worker at a Ford Motor Company factory in Michigan, was one of the first individuals killed by a robot.

The robot was designed to retrieve parts from storage, but its work was deemed too slow. Williams was retrieving a part from a storage bin when the robot’s arm hit him in the head, killing him instantly. In the suit, the family claimed the robot had no safety mechanisms to prevent this, lacking even a warning noise to alert workers the robot was nearby.

Man, it seems so long ago, we’ve been at war with the machines for so many years now 🙁

3 thoughts on “First Person Killed by a Robot

  1. Rule #1: Don’t get in the way of automated machinery. I watched a guys arm get internally amputated because he put his arm in a giant hobart bread kneader before it had completely come to a stop. Momentum can kill ya.

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