Tesla factory where 3 injured previously cited for safety violation
Tesla was fined $2,700 last year after health and safety investigators found a hydraulic power press did not have a proper stop control.
FREMONT, Calif. – The San Francisco Bay Area Tesla factory where three workers were burned by hot metal was previously cited for a safety violation that led to an injury, a state official says.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Tesla $2,700 last year for a serious violation at the Fremont factory that was uncovered during an accident investigation.
Agency spokesman Peter Melton said investigators found a hydraulic power press did not have a proper stop control. At least one person was injured, but Melton did not know the extent of the injuries.
Tesla was also fined for an accident at a different area facility two years ago in which a worker lost a fingertip.
One employee was seriously hurt and two others sustained minor injuries this week when a low-pressure aluminum casting press at the Fremont plant spilled hot metal, said Greg Siggins, a spokesman for Cal-OSHA.
The most seriously injured worker sustained upper-body burns.
The incident was being treated 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.
Tesla Motors, headquartered in Palo Alto, makes its all-electric Model S sedan at the Fremont factory that was previously owned by General Motors and Toyota.
Tesla took ownership of the plant four years ago and has transformed a portion of the cavernous site into a state-of-the-art facility.
Two Model S sedans caught fire after hitting a metal object in the road and a third caught fire after a high-speed chase. None of the drivers was injured.
Musk has 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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