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Automation Co. Settles with Man After Wife Killed by Robot

The journeyman maintenance technician was crushed while tending to a machine in 2015.

In 2015, a tragic accident took the life of Wanda Holbrook.

The journeyman maintenance technician was tending to a machine at Ventra Ionia LLC in Ionia, Michigan, when she was crushed by a robot.

Her widower, William Holbrook, later filed suit against Ventra’s parent company, Flex-N-Gate, along with several equipment suppliers.

Mr. Holbrook’s lawsuit claimed the defendants “failed to design the automation system so as to eliminate any unreasonable risk of foreseeable injury."

Bloomberg Law has reported that Prodomax Automation – the builder of the assembly lines – will settle with Mr. Holbrook, the terms of which will remain confidential.

The settlement has occurred midway through a trial in Michigan federal court.

Flex-N-Gate was reportedly freed from the suit in September, after a judge determined that state law would block her husband’s claims of negligence.

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