A young male worker was killed in a tragic accident while working on a robot he was installing at Volkswagen’s factory in Kassel, Germany.

Workers in a Volkswagen plant. Image courtesy of Google.

Autoblog informs that the man was inside the safety cage surrounding the machine when he was hit in the chest and pressed against a metal plate. Emergency crews took him to a local hospital, where he died. That man’s name hasn’t been released, but he was reportedly a third-party contractor, rather than a direct employee of VW.

A second person was also installing the robot when the accident happened. This individual was farther away and wasn’t harmed, according to The Financial TimesThe local newspaper reported that the incident took place in a part of the plant used for producing electric motors. The local prosecutor has opened an investigation into whether there was any negligence involved.

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