On January 15, 1979, Robert Williams found his way into the history books in a fatally odd way. While working in a Flat Rock, Michigan casting plant for Ford Motors, Williams was killed by a robot. The 25-year-old assembly line worker is the first recorded human death by robot.
As Williams was gathering parts in a storage facility, aside other workers and robots, one of the robot’s arms slammed into him. He died instantly from the powerful hit to the head. Williams’ family sued and the jury sided with the family. They awarded damages in the tune of $10 million since they agreed that, if better safety measures were enforced, the accident could have been averted.
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Side Note: On the subject of robots….
Unemployment affects more than just humans…
I couldn’t help myself, it’s a character flaw.