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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fremont Fire Department EMS Responds To Tesla Motors Factory For Industrial Accident Burn Injuries #CaFire

At least three workers at a Tesla Motors car factory in Fremont were hurt Wednesday by "hot metal" from malfunctioning equipment but  there was no fire at the company's Fremont, California factory, incident described as an "industrial accident."
One employee was seriously hurt and two others suffered minor injuries when the machine failed around 11:55 a.m. Wednesday Morning, spilling hot metal on the workers, fire officials and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said. 

Update: One employee was seriously hurt and two others suffered minor injuries when the machine failed, spilling hot metal on the workers, fire officials and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said. The three employees were taken to Valley Medical Center in San Jose, two with second-degree burns.
One was released Wednesday evening but the other two were in the burn ward and expected to remain there overnight, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Musk visited the men shortly after 7 p.m. and said one he identified as "Kevin" will likely make a full recovery but the other had more serious injuries. "In the case of Jesus, his hands were burned pretty badly so it's not clear what the recovery is going to be," he said. "We want to have that recovery as much as possible and we'll do everything we can on that part."
Musk said he went to the hospital to meet with the employees personally and "make sure they're OK and getting the best possible care."
The incident at the factory on Fremont Boulevard near Interstate 880 was initially reported to be a fire at 11:55 a.m. But a Fremont Fire Department spokesman confirmed that there was no fire or explosion in the plant and that the incident was being considered an industrial accident.
Peter Melton, a spokesman for the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said Wednesday that investigators from the department's Fremont office were on the way to Tesla. Melton said the most seriously injured worker received chest and upper-body burns.
Tesla Motors, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, makes its all-electric Model S sedan at the Fremont factory. Tesla took ownership of the former NUMMI plant in October 2010 and has transformed a portion of the cavernous auto plant into a state-of-the-art facility.
Within the company, the plant is now called the "Tesla Factory".

The Tesla Motors employees were injured when a low-pressure aluminum casting press failed Wednesday afternoon at the company's Fremont factory.
The three employees were taken to Valley Medical Center in San Jose, two with second-degree burns.
One was released Wednesday evening but the other two were in the burn ward and expected to remain there overnight, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Musk visited the men shortly after 7 p.m. and said one he identified as "Kevin" will likely make a full recovery but the other had more serious injuries.
Fremont Fire Department spokesman Dan Cardenas said incident involved "pressurized equipment that they use at the plant,” he said.
In a statement, Tesla said "a failure in a low pressure aluminum casting press" caused the accident and that three employees "were injured by hot metal from that press,"
"We are making sure that they receive the best possible care," Tesla said.
The facility, which can be seen from Interstate 880, designs, manufactures and sells the high-priced electric cars.
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