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. video was produced by YT Wochit News using