South Korea: Man crushed to death by robot that mistook him for a box | Science and technology news

A man has been crushed to death by a robot that mistook him for a box, according to South Korean media.

The worker in his 40s inspected the robot’s sensor at an agricultural produce warehouse in South Gyeongsand Province.

According to Yonhap news agency, the robot was lifting boxes of peppers when it misidentified the man.

Citing police sources, it reported that the mechanical arm pushed the man’s torso onto a conveyor belt, crushing his face and chest.

He later died in hospital.

In a statement, an official from the Donggoseong Export Agricultural Complex, which owns the facility, called for the establishment of a “precise and safe” system.

In March, a South Korean man in his 50s suffered serious injuries after he was caught by a robot while working at a vehicle parts factory.

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