Killed by a Robot

Kenji Urada was a Japanese engineer who was one of the first persons reported to have been killed by a robot.

Urada was maintenance engineer at a Kawasaki Heavy Industries plant. While working on a broken robot, he failed to turn it off completely, resulting in the robot pushing him into a grinding machine with its hydraulic arm. He died as a result. The circumstances of his death were not made public until December 8, after an investigation by the labor standards bureau was completed.

Urada is often said to be the first person killed by a robot. However, Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford Motor Company factory in Michigan, was killed by a robot two years earlier, on January 25, 1979.

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The First Recorded Human Death by Robot

Robert Williams, a 25-year-old worker at the Ford Motor Company Factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, is said to be the first man in history to be killed by a robot. A robotic arm designed to pick up and remove stray parts from a work-area began functioning slower than normally intended, and Williams entered the area to speed up the process by picking up the parts himself. The robotic arm descended unexpectedly and struck him in the head, killing him instantly.

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