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Third OSHA investigation after 3 more injuries at Tesla Plant

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, three workers of the Tesla plant in Fremont, California sustained burns when a casting press malfunctioned. An OSHA investigation is underway after another industrial accident to determine whether Tesla failed to provide and maintain safe working conditions for its employees. Tesla had been cited by OSHA on two previous occasions for violating this safety requirements.

The casting press, which works on low pressure, malfunctioned. Hot aluminum was spilt and caused burn injuries to three workers. One sustained serious burns to his upper body, while two other workers sustained less serious burn injuries. They were all transported to a hospital where two remained for treatment, and the third person was released after treatment.

OSHA is in the process of talking to other employees and evaluating manuals and instruction documents used for training. This inquiry is to assess whether Tesla is operating in accordance with stipulations established by applicable safety regulations. The conversations with witnesses may also bring clarity as to what happened.

Tesla received two fines on two previous occasions during the past two years. Last year, the company was fined $2,700 after an OSHA investigation discovered that there was no appropriate stop control for one hydraulic power press at the plant in Fremont, resulting in an injury to a worker. Two years ago, an employee's fingertip was severed in a work related accident at one of Tesla's other facilities. California workers may benefit by exploring available options for filing for workers' compensation benefits when injured on the job.

Source: The Washington Post, Official: California Tesla factory where 3 injured previously cited for safety violation, No author, Nov. 14, 2013

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