At an auto-parts factory in Michigan, Wanda Holbrook managed to get along in a men-dominated workplace. She was a 57-year-old technician from Grand Rapids, and she was in charge of fixing anything wrong with a robot. However, back in 2015, she didn’t notice how a robot arm detached itself and fell on her, crushing her skull. She left behind a loving husband and three children. After this devastating event, her husband filed a lawsuit against a consortium of robotic companies blaming faulty equipment for his wife’s death.
The Husband Accused Companies in Charge of the Robot Arm
William Holbrook is going after Prodomax Automation Canada, Lincoln Electric Company, Flex-N-Gate LLC, Nachi Robotics Systems Inc., and FANUC America Corp. His charges regard defective equipment and negligence. The lawsuit was filed last week, and it stipulated that Wanda Holbrook was fatally injured after a robot made an unauthorized entrance into a restricted area. The machinery was part of a factory for bumpers and trailer hitches. The equipment fell on Wanda that was performing a check on machinery.
“Upon entering the section, the robot hit and crushed Wanda’s head between a hitch assembly it was attempting to place,” the court papers say.
After two years from the event, the husband of the deceased has still not found answers for what happened on July 7, 2015. Thus, he turned to the law to settle the case. William Holbrook considered that there were five robotics companies to take the blame for the accident. These organizations were the ones that designed, created, tested, and supervised the robots. Beside from shedding light on the event, William Holbrook also seeks to prevent any such accident from ever happening again to someone else.
The Factory Denied the Husband Access to the Place of Death
The main charge of the lawsuit is going to focus on the reason why an unauthorized robot entered a restricted area. Wanda used to work in section 140. However, the robot arm pertained to section 130 which had no connection with the one Wanda was in.
The husband of the victim recounted how Wanda was passionate in everything her work supposed to be. He advised her several times to look for other workplaces where she didn’t have to worry about safety. However, her meticulous and passionate nature got her bounded to the technical industry. The lawyers of Holbrook are not content with the fact that the husband was denied access to his wife’s workplace. They believe that there is a conspicuous reason behind this interdiction.
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