Three employees at the Fremont facility where Tesla manufactures its Model S luxury sedan were taken to hospital this afternoon after an industrial accident.
As local news station KPIX reported, an ambulance was called to the former NUMMI facility on the south side of the San Francisco bay early this afternoon local time, where three Tesla employees were treated for burns and take to the Valley Medical Center burn unit.
Emergency responders on the scene confirmed that while those injured had sustained burn injuries, there was no fire within the factory.
In an official and brief statement released a half hour ago, Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Sheam said that the injuries were sustained when a ‘low pressure aluminium casting press’ failed.
With an all-aluminum body, much of Tesla’s Model S production line is devoted to aluminium metalwork, from the gigantic presses used to form the Model S’ side and floor panels for sheet aluminium through to smaller presses used to make individual panels and components. Like the Model S itself, the Fremont factory where the luxury EV is made has an exemplary safety record.
Tesla’s official statement, sent to us by Tesla Spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean, reads as follows:
“There was a failure in a low pressure aluminum casting press. Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press. We are making sure that they receive the best possible care.”
We’ll post more details as we know them, but in the meantime Transport Evolved would like to send our thoughts and best wishes to the families and colleagues of those involved in this unfortunate accident.
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