• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Robot attacked Swedish factory worker

TT/The Local · 28 Apr 2009, 10:12

Published: 28 Apr 2009 10:12 GMT+02:00

Public prosecutor Leif Johansson mulled pressing charges against the firm but eventually opted to settle for a fine.

"I've never heard of a robot attacking somebody like this," he told news agency TT.

The incident took place in June 2007 at a factory in Bålsta, north of Stockholm, when the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.

But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim's head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries.

"The man was very lucky. He broke four ribs and came close to losing his life," said Leif Johansson.

The matter was subject to an investigation by both the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) and the police.

Story continues below…

Prosecutor Johansson chastised the company for its inadequate safety procedures but he also placed part of the blame on the injured worker.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:01 April 28, 2009 by byke
"Transformers , robots in disguise"
11:04 April 28, 2009 by Miss Kitten
The Rise of the Machines
11:43 April 28, 2009 by zeero
Mr. Johansson, have you ever heard of a robot attacking somebody in any other way?

I think Sweden should pay more attention to their skynet program and immediately call Arnold Schwarzenegger.
13:37 April 28, 2009 by scrim
This has very little to do with the robot and everything to do with proper following of lock out/tag out procedures on industrial equipment. There should certainly be an investigation, but into the safety procedures, not the robot.
15:17 April 28, 2009 by Braderunner Rennuredarb
Amen Scrim.

I love it when morons like this guy blame the robot or the company they are working for because they dont know how to lock and tag out a piece of machinery.

Darwin at work yet again...but didnt get to follow through.
15:32 April 28, 2009 by Markbase with an Invisible Q
Ahh... Reminds me of an old Stranglers song:

Hey!

Get out of their way

Hey!

Of get way their out

They're gonna want a union soon

Oil break that's dead on noon

Hey!

Their way out of get

You won't have to grease their palms

Shorter hours longer arms

Rise just watch them rise

The rise of the robots

Versatran Series F!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfnUsk-izRI...01&index=10
15:33 April 28, 2009 by VikingHumpingWitch
Dunno how it works here, but I recall a case from not that long back in Britain where a guy fell off a stepladder and claimed compensation from his employers for not training him on how to climb a stepladder without falling off and hurting himself. In fact they had trained him on this, but clearly not well enough, because he managed to fall off anyway. (In case anyone doesn't believe me, here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england...re/7477461.stm)

So I'm not surprised that the firm got into some trouble too. Although I suspect as far as "blaming" the robot goes, it's more that "Robot attacks man!!!!11" is just a great story.
15:41 April 28, 2009 by Bender B Rodriquez
Hehe... Bite my shiny metal ass, humans!
15:44 April 28, 2009 by Paulo +fab muscular than Jonnhy
Hasta la vista, baby! LOL



That's what the robot was *saying* when attacking this guy, wasn't it?
16:44 April 28, 2009 by Miss Kitten
I recall reading something similar about a prison inmate who sued the prison for negligence when he broke his back doing a back flip off a picnic table in the prison courtyard. He claimed that the prison guards should have attempted to stop him from doing the flip or at least told him not to. Isn't it great when people refuse to accept responsibility for their stupidity?
18:47 April 28, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Photos back on MY Local???
20:33 April 28, 2009 by AlabamaGirl
Thanks for the laugh Zeero. LOL I needed that. :)
09:53 April 29, 2009 by Britswedeguy
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
01:15 May 1, 2009 by La Figaro
We claim we live in a civilized or politically correct world but at the expense of common sense

The robot didn't locate the man to attack him, it was programmed to work in a certain way so when man came within its range, it reacted.
17:30 May 4, 2009 by Nemesis
This story belongs on the Darwin Awards.

http://www.darwinawards.com/

It is unfortunate the idiot did not fulfil the full criteria for an award.
01:02 July 29, 2009 by Yukiko Murphy
"Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation." The man's problem is he thought. Most likely his pay grade didn't allow for thinking. He should have used a lockout tag and made sure the machinery was off. All power the the machine should have been disconnected. The fault is not with the company it is with the fool who tried a short cut instead of doing a proper job of preparing for the maintenance. The worker should have been fined not the company.
01:22 July 29, 2009 by jack sprat
So where to get hold of one of these wonderful machines ?

Could make a fantastic Mother in Law, Christmas present,...

Can always tell her its the latest hi-tec vacuum cleaner,....guaranteed to pick eveything up!...
02:49 July 29, 2009 by Perf
Maybe it was a racist hate crime.
04:34 July 29, 2009 by Redwoodbob
Skynet is pleased.
05:34 July 29, 2009 by Iben_Hadd
Being an ALDERNOID 3300ZR I have never attacked a human without provocation!
15:55 July 29, 2009 by Specialist
Years ago, I worked with a piece of equipment that could really hurt someone if it moved when the worker wasn't expecting it. (Same idea as this robot.)

We had two things: first, we had a safety light. If the power to the motor drive was ON, so was the light, and it was a big, offensive one, that you were NOT going to miss noticing if you were in the workcell.

Second, we had a "no exceptions" two-man rule. NOBODY was allowed to work alone in that cell. There ALWAYS had to be a second man present, if only to kill the power and call for help if something went wrong.

Every robotic work cell I have ever seen included safety lights. Most included safety barriers, keeping people OUT, and safety cutoff switches on the barriers, to kill the power if someone came into the cell.

I don't have all the facts, but it sounds as though someone at this company, probably a lot higher up the food chain than this poor guy, was being really careless with safety.
05:05 July 30, 2009 by KarmaTiger
Seems most of you fail to consider that "he thought he had deactivated it" could mean he pushed the appropriate buttons, but the safety lockouts were in poor repair or disabled by the company - which is what would lead to the company being held culpable. If the company WAS blameless, they would have fought the fine.

But no, you just assume the worker was an idiot and the company was blameless. Sheesh - it's a short article. Next time consider there may be more to the story.
05:17 July 30, 2009 by glassparrot
Does the Swedish word for "attack" not translate well? Or is the writer of the article just playfully engaging in anthropomorphism?
19:07 July 30, 2009 by hellfirekult
The humans are dead
Today's headlines
Sweden halves migration forecast figures for 2016
Refugees and other travellers arriving in Gothenburg last year. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

The Swedish Migration Agency has cut its predictions for how many asylum seekers they expect will come to Sweden this year.

Royal husband: 'Britain should not leave the EU'
Sweden's Princess Madeleine and her British-American husband Chris O'Neill. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/TT

What does this British-American husband of a Swedish princess think of Brexit and Hillary Clinton?

Struggling Ericsson pulls plug on CEO Vestberg
Hans Vestberg presents Ericsson's second quarter report last week. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson has fired its long-standing CEO Hans Vestberg, the company announced on Monday morning.

Private holiday rentals boom in Sweden
A youth hostel in Sundsvall, central Sweden. Photo: Helena Landstedt / TT

More tourists in Sweden are choosing to rent private homes from the likes of Airbnb – but the hotel industry is just fine.

My Swedish Career
'Fashion is this big industry that can really do better'
Social entrepreneur Stefanie Smith. Photo: Elinor Magnusson

The Local talks to US social entrepreneur Stefanie Smith about transparent fashion and why Sweden's startup scene is about more than just tech.

Sweden to sizzle in the sun for a few more days
The beach at Båstad on Saturday. Photo: TT

The heatwave that hit most of Sweden last week is set to continue until Wednesday at least, according to Swedish weather forecaster, SMHI.

Swedish ex-prime minister Thorbjorn Fälldin dead at 90
Fälldin in 1981. Photo: TT/FLT-PICA

Thorbjorn Fälldin, the former farmer who became prime minister in Sweden's first non-Social Democratic government since World War II, has died at the age of 90.

Swedish police fear serial rapist on loose in Malmö
The attacker is thought to be in his mid-twenties and had been seen riding his bike in the area prior to the incident. Photo:TT

The rape of a 14-year-old girl in Malmö has led police to conjecture that there may be a serial rapist operating in the southern Swedish city.

Stockholm Pokémon hunter impaled on metal fence spike
Another Swede playing Pokémon Go in Stockholm. Photo: Izabelle Nordfjell/TT

He tried to climb a fence to find more Pokémon.

Video
When Alicia Vikander taught us to put our pen in the bottle
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander and US talkshow host Jimmy Fallon. Photo: Tonight Show/NBC/Screenshot

We're not even sure if that's a euphemism or not.

Sponsored Article
Gran Canaria: Where Swedes go to work (and play)
Gallery
People-watching: July 22nd-24th
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
The Local Voices
The Jewish Syrian who dreams of rebuilding his country
National
Watch this Swedish weather host leave his fly open... on live TV
Blog updates

22 July

After the horror, carry on regardless (Globally Local) »

"This time last week, we were just digesting the horror of the Nice killings, in which…" READ »

 

11 July

Swedish quizzes (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I have created some quizzes you can take online to test your Swedish skills. Here…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
5 reasons you should try dating with The Inner Circle
The Local Voices
'I fled war in Syria. I never expected to be beaten in Sweden'
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
WATCH: Asylum seeker brutally beaten by Swedish bus driver
Technology
Why everyone is talking about Sweden's GTA pride parade
National
EU hits truck cartel with record price fixing fine
Sponsored Article
What can newcomers learn about Sweden at Almedalen?
Society
OPINION: Why Sweden is the most extreme country in the world
Sponsored Article
Five easy ways to travel more often
The Local Voices
'There is equality in accommodation in Sweden: Everyone is suffering'
Gallery
Property of the week: Gräsö, Östhammar
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Gallery
People-watching: July 15th-17th
Sponsored Article
'Sweden's Lauryn Hill' touches the country's musical soul
National
How to make sure you're not caught out by Sweden's old bank notes
Business & Money
Why Sweden has been named the most innovative country in Europe
National
Terror attack: what should you do?
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
French expat on the moment he was assaulted by a Stockholm bouncer
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Technology
Gunman? Nah, smartphone Swede
Sponsored Article
Local guide: the best of Berlin
The Local Voices
'If the war in Syria ended today, would you go back?'
Sponsored Article
Why you need a EuroBonus American Express Card
The Local Voices
‘I feel like I’m living in a grave!’
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's Princess Victoria celebrates 39th birthday
Gallery
People-watching: July 13th
National
Swedes discover surprise mountain
Politics
What Sweden's home secretary thinks of Britain's new PM
Gallery
Property of the week: Smedjebacken, Dalarna
The Local Voices
'Even xenophobic Swedes can be polite’
Politics
WATCH: A very Swedish take on Brexit...
National
Swede's fury at Daily Mail's Bråvalla 'lies'
Gallery
People-watching: July 8th-10th
National
Sweden and Denmark trolled each other on Twitter and it's hilarious
The Local Voices
'The best time to be smuggled to Europe is August 20th, 2015'
National
ANALYSIS: Why Swedes are talking more about immigration than before
The Local Voices
Swedes: Stop obsessing over your material life and start talking to strangers
3,334
jobs available