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08/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Robot Attack Of Swedish Man Leads To Fine For Company

A Swedish company is being fined $3,000 for a 2007 incident when a robot attacked and seriously injured a factory worker, The Local reports.

The incident took place in June 2007 at a factory in Bålsta, north of Stockholm, when the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.

But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim's head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries.

The prosecutor, Leif Johansson, originally intended to press charges against the company, but later reduced the punishment to a fine, attributing blame for the incident to both the companies poor safety standards, but also to the man who was attacked.

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