Robot kills SKH Metals worker

Occurred: August 2015

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Ramji Lal, a loader for auto parts company SKH Metals, was killed by an industrial robot when he was adjusting a metal sheet being welded by the machine. 

Lal apparently came too close to a robotic arm while adjusting the metal sheet and crossed one the robot's sensors, when he was picked up and crushed by the robotic arm.

The incident led to workers halting work at the factory in protest, and investigations by the police and the Labour Department of Haryana state.

Operator: SKH Metals
Developer: Unclear/unknown

Country: India

Sector: Manufacturing/engineering

Purpose: Weld metal sheets

Technology: Robotics
Issue: Safety