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Robot Nearly Kills Man; Owner Pays $3,000 Fine

A Swedish robot nearly killed a man — but won't be prosecuted.

English-language Swedish news Web site The Local reports that the near-fatal incident took place at a factory north of Stockholm in June 2007.

A worker was about to fix a broken rock-lifting robot. He'd shut the power off, but the machine suddenly woke up and grabbed the man by the head.

"The man was very lucky. He broke four ribs and came close to losing his life," prosecutor Leif Johansson told the TT news agency.

This week, Johansson decided not to prosecute either the company that owned the factory or its robot.

Instead, the company will have to pay a $3,000 fine.

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