Lawsuit Proceeds Against Robotic Companies Following 2015 Industrial Plant Accident

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A 2015 industrial plant accident involving robots at a Michigan auto-parts factory left a 57-year-old wife, mother and grandmother dead and her family seeking justice. Wanda Holbrook was known for her skills in fixing the robots that operated throughout her employer’s factory, but apparently something went wrong. The arm of one of the robots she was working with malfunctioned, hitting her and crushing her head. In 2017 her husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit against five robotics companies, and that case is slowly proceeding through the court system.

A 2015 industrial plant accident involving robots at a Michigan auto-parts factory left a 57-year-old wife, mother and grandmother dead and her family seeking justice. Wanda Holbrook was known for her skills in fixing the robots that operated throughout her employer’s factory, but apparently something went wrong. The arm of one of the robots she was working with malfunctioned, hitting her and crushing her head. In 2017 her husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit against five robotics companies, and that case is slowly proceeding through the court system.

Auto Parts Company Not Named in Industrial Plant Accident

Though the industrial plant accident took place at Ionia-based Ventra Ionia, a company that specializes in welding and stamping truck bumpers and trailer hitches, the family is not holding Mrs. Holbrook’s employer responsible. They say that the incident took place when a robot
“took Wanda by surprise, entering the section she was working in” and “hit and crushed Wanda’s head between a hitch assembly it was attempting to place” in a fixture. She
“was found nonresponsive by the other employees” and pronounced dead at the scene about 40 minutes after the accident, the lawsuit states.

Though the industrial plant accident took place at Ionia-based Ventra Ionia, a company that specializes in welding and stamping truck bumpers and trailer hitches, the family is not holding Mrs. Holbrook’s employer responsible. They say that the incident took place when a robot
“took Wanda by surprise, entering the section she was working in” and “hit and crushed Wanda’s head between a hitch assembly it was attempting to place” in a fixture. She
“was found nonresponsive by the other employees” and pronounced dead at the scene about 40 minutes after the accident, the lawsuit states.

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