Cebu Daily Newscast: Industrial robot crushes worker to death in South Korea vegetable packing plant

November 10,2023 - 07:54 PM

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Industrial robot crushes worker to death in South Korea vegetable packing plant

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This photo provided by the South Korea Gyeongsangnam-do Fire Department shows the interior of a vegetable packaging plant after a robot’s deadly crush with a worker was reported, in Goseong, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. An industrial robot crushed a worker to death at a vegetable packaging plant in South Korea, police said Thursday, as they investigate whether the machine was unsafe or had potential defects. (South Korea Gyeongsangnam-do Fire Department via AP)

An industrial robot grabbed and crushed a worker to death at a vegetable packaging plant in South Korea, police said Thursday, as they investigated whether the machine was defective or improperly designed.

Police said early evidence suggests that human error was more likely to blame rather than problems with the machine itself. But the incident still triggered public concern about the safety of industrial robots and the false sense of security they may give to humans working nearby in a country that increasingly relies on such machines to automate its industries.

Police in the southern county of Goseong said the man died of head and chest injuries Tuesday evening after he was snatched and pressed against a conveyor belt by the machine’s robotic arms.

PH bans ‘rude’ American national over profane info in eTravel form

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said an American national was permanently banned from entering the Philippines after showing “rude conduct” and putting “false and profane information” in the eTravel system.

The agency identified the foreigner as Anthony Joseph Laurence, who arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday, November 7.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said Laurence was reminded to fill out the e-Travel form upon arrival at the airport but the foreigner allegedly showed aversion. The foreigner also allegedly angrily tossed his passport and mobile phone to an immigration officer.

MCWD: Legal counsel of previous board tells Rama “end this madness”

The legal counsel of the previous MCWD board of directors called out Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to reinstate the former directors back into office.

Lawyer Amando Virgil Ligutan, legal counsel of Augustus Pe Jr., Ralph Sevilla, and Cecilia Adlawan, held a press conference on Friday, November 10, to address a “significant development” in the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

“The law is so clearly written that any attempt to justify the mayor’s exercise of jurisdiction over MCWD after its formation is always futile and will only amount to legal gymnastics or logical sophistry,” Ligutan said.

Ligutan told Rama that if he wanted to solve the problems of the water district, he must “end this madness.”

“If you want to adhere to the rule of law, do what is right. End this madness in MCWD, and correct the wrong committed to directors Pe, Sevilla, and Adlawan,” he said.

“Reinstate them as MCWD directors, once and for all,” Ligutan added.

Cebu City police working to identify man who sexually harassed woman

Police will be investigating an alleged sexual harassment incident wherein a man was seen in a viral video touching a female victim’s private parts in Barangay Sambag 1 in Cebu City.

According to Police Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, Deputy Director for Operations of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), the alleged harassment incident took place on the evening of Monday, November 6, 2023.

The video shows the moment when a man, wearing a blue shirt and black pair of shorts,  approached a woman walking along  Urgello Street.

The man allegedly asked his victim if she knew of any boarding house in the area before he touched her inappropriately and then ran away.


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