Feeds

Swedish factory fined $3,000 for robot attack

Sigurd! Klaatu barada nikto!

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

ROTM Evil geniuses take note: a near-fatal robot attack only costs an organization about $3,000 in Sweden these days.

Swede online rag The Local has reported that a factory north of Stockholm has been fined 25,000 kronor (£2,100) after a malfunctioning bot nearly killed one of its workers.

The robo-assault reportedly took place in 2007, when a man attempted to repair a defective machine used to lift rocks without properly checking the power supply beforehand. And unfortunately, the human head isn't all that different than a big juicy rock to such a robot.

Unsympathetic to the worker's accidental lack of proper lock-out/tag-out procedure, the machine dutifully latched on to the man's head and went about its work. The man managed to "defend himself" from the robot, according to The Local, but not before suffering serious injuries.

"The man was very lucky. He broke four ribs and came close to losing his life," public prosecutor Leif Johansson told the news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå.

Johansson had considered pressing charges against the company, but recently concluded a simple fine should do.

"I've never heard of a robot attacking somebody like this," he said.

Johansson reportedly blamed the company for inadequate safety procedures, but saved some share of the guilt for the injured worker.

The robot apparently got off scot-free for his brief - but no doubt satisfying - revenge against its fleshy overlords. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.