Worker’s Death By Robot Elicits Proposed $7,000 Fine
Following the death of an employee who got caught in a robotic machine, state regulators have proposed a $7,000 fine for a western Michigan company. Wanda Holbrook was killed last July at Ventra Ionia Main in Ionia. Bill Holbrook says his wife's head injuries were so severe that the funeral home recommended a closed casket. Ventra makes auto bumpers, trailer hitches and chrome-plated plastics. State inspectors say a lockout device could have halted the machine when Holbrook entered the robotic cell. When contacted about the fine by The Grand Rapids Press, General Manager John Atkinson declined to comment.
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