Tesla fined over accident
Electric car manufacturer Tesla has been fined US$89,000 by Californian authorities safety violations that left three workers seriously injured in November.
The San Jose Mercury newspaper reports that the company was responsible for seven violations of working health and safety legislation, six were considered serious breaches.
Three employees at Tesla's Fremont factory were injured when a low-pressure aluminum casting press failed, spilling hot metal on the workers and causing their clothing to catch fire.
"Molten metal was released splattering the three victims, the victims' clothing caught fire, they stopped and rolled on the floor," according to a report published by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
The Mercury reports that Cal-OSHA's investigation found that Tesla failed to ensure that the low-pressure die casting machine was maintained in a safe operating condition and allowed its employees to operate the machine while the safety interlock was broken. It also found that the employees had not been properly trained regarding the hazards of the machine, and were not wearing the required eye and face protection.
Tesla, headquartered in Palo Alto, makes its all-electric Model S sedan at the Fremont factory.
"We take safety extremely seriously and have taken numerous steps to ensure nothing like it happens again," the company said in a statement.
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