While it’s still possible that the new Tesla electric vehicles will still be game changers, the company might have to take workplace safety a bit more seriously in the future.
There was an accident at their San Francisco Bay Area factory last week, in which a machine malfunctioned, causing three workers to be injured by hot metal that spilled onto them. One of the workers was seriously injured, receiving upper-body burns, while the injuries to the other two were characterized as “minor.”
In a statement to the press, the company described the accident as “a failure in a low-pressure aluminum casting press.” While some initially referred to the incident as a fire, Fremont, California fire officials described it as an “industrial accident.”
This wasn’t the first time the factory experienced an incident that caused the injury of a worker. Last year, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) fined Tesla $2,700 last year for a serious violation at the Fremont factory that was uncovered during an investigation of another accident, in which one person received unspecified injuries. Investigators found a hydraulic power press was not equipped with a proper stop control. A year before that, Tesla was also fined for an accident in which a worker lost a fingertip.
Cal/OSHA is conducting a thorough investigation.