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Three Employees Hurt in Industrial Accident at Tesla Model S Plant


Just the Facts:
  • Three employees at the Tesla factory that builds the Model S were hurt by hot metal from a casting press during an industrial accident.
  • "There was a failure in a low-pressure aluminum casting press," wrote Liz Jarvis-Shean, a Tesla spokeswoman, in a statement provided to Edmunds.
  • It is unclear whether the accident, the latest in a string of setbacks for Tesla, will result in any production delay of the Model S.

FREMONT, Calfornia — Three employees at the Tesla factory that builds the Model S were hurt by hot metal from a casting press during an industrial accident, Tesla said on Wednesday.

"There was a failure in a low-pressure aluminum casting press," wrote Liz Jarvis-Shean, a Tesla spokeswoman, in a statement provided to Edmunds. "Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press. We are making sure they receive the best possible care."

No further details were provided about the workers' injuries, although local media reported that they suffered moderate to severe burns. There was no fire or explosion at the factory.

It is unclear whether the accident, the latest in a string of setbacks for Tesla, will result in any production delay of the Model S. The plant is the sole production site for the Model S.

Tesla said last week in its third-quarter earnings report that it is now producing 550 cars per week at the Fremont plant. It also said it planned to "increase production over the next several quarters in order to keep up with the growth in demand." The electric-car startup is targeting a 21,500-unit delivery of the Model S this year.

Tesla has been grappling with negative publicity after recent fires in three Model S sedans and widely publicized sniping at the Tesla Roadster by the actor George Clooney.

Clooney complained to Esquire that he was often stuck on the side of the road due to problems with the car.

Edmunds says: Tesla is under pressure to calm the jittery nerves of investors and consumers after a string of bad news.

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