Tesla Factory Spill Injuries 3

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 04:11 PM gHale

Three Tesla Motors employees suffered injuries Wednesday after an aluminum casting press failed at its San Francisco Bay Area factory, officials said.

One employee ended up seriously hurt and two others sustained minor injuries when the low-pressure press spilled hot metal shortly before noon, said Greg Siggins, a spokesman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA).

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“Hot metal somehow burned the workers,” said Siggins, who added there was no fire inside the plant.

The most seriously injured Telsa worker received chest and upper-body burns, Cal-OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said. The three workers went to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose with second-degree burns, Siggins said.

One of workers ended up released Wednesday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. She could not disclose the workers’ identities or conditions due to privacy laws.

Telsa Chief Executive Elon Musk said he planned “to visit them in the hospital (Wednesday) and will personally ensure that they receive the best possible care.”

They are treating the incident as an industrial accident, Siggins said.

“We will be talking to any witnesses, reviewing training documents and manuals to see if they are in accordance with specifications as part of finding out what happened,” Siggins said.

Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla Motors makes its all-electric Model S sedan at the Fremont factory. Tesla took ownership of the former plant jointly-owned General Motors and Toyota four years ago and has transformed a portion of the cavernous auto plant into a state-of-the-art facility.

Wednesday’s accident follows recent Telsa car fires in Washington state, Tennessee and Mexico. Two Model S sedans caught fire after hitting a metal object in the road and a third caught fire after a high-speed chase. No drivers suffered injuries.

Musk said there are no plans for a recall and insisted the Model S is one of the safest cars on the road.

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