The use of industrial robots is widespread as evidenced by new sales records. In the first half of 2015, a record 14,232 robots worth over $ 840 million were ordered from North American robotics companies, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).
Serious and fatal injuries, while few in number, are most likely to happen to the skilled workers and others that do work outside of normal production. The unfortunate death that occurred at a Volkswagen plant in Germany in July 2015 is rare and illustrates the time when extra precautions must be taken.
OSHA claims that robot accidents are most likely to occur “during non-routine operating conditions, such as programming, maintenance, testing, setup, or adjustment. During many of these operations the worker may temporarily be within the robot’s working envelope where unintended operations could result in injuries.”
How safe are your people when working with and around robots? Read the full story.