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Kenji Urada (c. 1944 — 1981) was one of the first individuals killed by a robot. Urada was a 37-year old maintenance engineer at a Japanese Kawasaki plant. While working on a broken robot, he failed to turn it off completely, resulting in the robot pushing him into a grinding machine with its hydraulic arm. He died as a result.[1][2]

Urada is often said to be the first person killed by a robot.[1][2] However, Robert Williams was killed by a robot two years earlier, in 1979.[3]

In popular culture

Kenji Urada is the name of a popular Brooklyn, NY rock band.[4]


  1. ^ a b Trust me, I'm a robot, The Economist, June 8, 2006; accessed online 6-III-2007.
  2. ^ a b Smart software helps robots dodge collisions, Duncan Graham-Rowe, article on dated November 3, 2003, accessed 6-III-2007.
  3. ^ Death on the job: Jury awards $10 million to heirs of man killed by robot at auto plant, Tim Kiska, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 11, 1983.
  4. ^ "Kenji Urada on MySpace Music". Retrieved 2009-11-17.  


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