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Case Study 2: Automotive Component Lubrication Robotics

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The employer still has an obligation to provide the servicing and/or maintenance employees protection if they are exposed to the unexpected energization, start-up, or release of stored energy, which could cause injury. The standard provides no exemption simply because an employer would be required to take additional steps or implement additional controls to effectively protect employee engaged in servicing and/or maintenance work. The robot could have been rewired to eliminate the problem of computer memory loss, or could be reprogrammed using a slave computer to transfer the necessary data and instructions to the robot's computer.

For more information: To better evaluate this specific case study, refer to the 6th Circuit Court decision in the Secretary of Labor vs. General Motors Corporation, Delco Chasis Division, OSHRC Docket numbers 91-2973, 91-3116, and 91-3117.


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