Incident 599: Stacking robot fatally crushes employee in South Korea

Description: An industrial robot is reported to have crushed a man to death in South Korea when it failed to differentiate the man from the boxes of produce it was handling.


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 Industrial robot crushes man to death in South Korean distribution centre · 2023

A robot crushed a man to death in South Korea after the machine apparently failed to differentiate him from the boxes of produce it was handling, the Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.

The man, a robotics company worker in his 40s, w…

Man crushed to death by robot that mistook him for a box of vegetables · 2023

A South Korean man has been crushed to death by an industrial robot that mistook him for a box of vegetables.

The man, who was in his 40s, had been inspecting a problem with the robot’s sensor at a distribution centre for agricultural produ…


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