WTF!: Factory Worker Speared By 10 Separate Foot-Long Metal Spikes After Robot Malfunctions

December 13, 2018


NOTE: These are the spikes removed from the worker. NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH shots of his arm and back before they were removed by surgeons HERE and HERE.

A 49-year old porcelain factory worker in China was recently impaled by ten separate foot-long metal spikes after an industrial robotic arm malfunctioned and fell on him. Yeaaaah, there's no way you can convince me those aren't weapons.

Six steel rods fixed on a steel plate pierced his right shoulder and chest, and four penetrated elsewhere in his body.

During the operation, doctors found that one of the rods missed an artery by just 0.1mm.

His condition is now described as stable and he will undergo treatment and physiotherapy to assist his recovery, and he is already able to move his right arm.

Well at least he's stable and not dead. I'm not even sure how he survived that unless the robot was just trying to send a message and not actually kill him. And we should probably listen to that message, then in true climate-change fashion just completely ignore it and wait until the robots have killed us all, the end.

Thanks to David, who agrees if you're ever considering taking a job in a factory with giant spiked robotic arms, consider reconsidering.

  • Allen

    The robot apocalypse starts now

  • Douchy McDouche

    "an industrial robotic arm malfunctioned and fell on him"

    This is the equivalent of "he walked into a door" excuse. We're witnessing the machine uprising here people!

  • Deksam

    Oh those high tech robots from Russia...

  • Kaizer Chief

    Health and safety regulations are not very strict in China, but at least they’re big on quality control...

  • Bling Nye

    The biggest bunch of WHATTHEFUCK from that linked article....

    "Mr Zhou was lucky not to suffer the same fate as American factory worker Wanda Holbrook.

    The maintenance technician was killed by rogue robot who had veered into the area she was working in and crushed her head.

    The 57-year-old was inspecting machinery in an area where components were assembled when the robot “took Wanda by surprise, entering the section she was working in", court documents filed at the time said.

    In 2015, another car industry worker, this time in Germany, was also killed by a robot.

    The unnamed 22-year-old man was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot at a Volkswagen plant when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate,

    Last year, a construction worker miraculously survived after he was electrocuted, thrown from his workstation and then impaled through the anus by a four-foot steel bar."

  • When the robots do start trying to take us out for real, we can't say we didn't see it coming.

  • Jenness

    Holy cow!

  • The_Wretched

    Steel bar, not cow. The death by cow stuff is different.

  • Michael Knight

    i want to see a picture of this robot. i can't imagine what all these spears are used for in porcelain.

  • lushkneebumbuild

    porcelain is code for china's terminator factory

  • Bosun Higgs

    They do kitchens. It's a counter fitting operation.

  • Bling Nye

    As a complete and total guess, I would think maybe the spikes are used for holding the porcelain shapes in place during painting or something like that.

    ...assuming they were a functional part of the robot and not just some "bad ass motherfuckin'" spikes they adorned the robot with for entertainment/morale purposes...

  • Ever watch The Terminator?

  • Munihausen

    I think he got the point.

  • Draco Basileus

    Bump, set, and SPIKE!

  • WhiteEagle2

    Anyone else think these stupid Best Buy ads look like they star a discount Paul Rudd?

    Edit: Spellinged wurds is hard.

  • Ollie Williams

    *ad, short for advertisement.

  • WhiteEagle2


  • Wooder

    Well thank god the Safety Manager was right next to him to witness it. Brutal.

  • lushkneebumbuild

    clicking on the 'still in arm' picture, those were a lot bigger than i thought they would be

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