Mechanical failure at the Tesla Motors plant in Fremont sent three employees to a burn unit in San Jose. According to Tesla spokeswoman Elizabeth Jarvis-Sheen, the three employees were injured by hot metal from a low pressure aluminum casting press.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk told media outlets that the hot metal spilled onto the workers. Two of the workers sustained relatively minor injuries, but one worker’s injuries were much more serious. He stated that he plans on visiting that employee in the hospital today and “ensure that they receive the best possible care.”
A spokesperson for the Fremont Fire Department stated that there was no fire or explosion at the plant, in contrast to early news reports. Cal-OSHA will be investigating the incident. The names of the injured workers have not been released.
These injuries came during a critical time for the vehicle company. Three Model S sedans have caught on fire in separate events, but Elon Musk announced that there would not be a recall because of the fires.
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