1,000th body for 2012 Tesla Model S on display at Tesla Motors factory, Fremont, CA, Oct 28, 2012Enlarge Photo
Three workers have suffered burns in an accident at the Fremont, California assembly plant, where Tesla Motors builds its Model S electric car.
According to the company, a low-pressure aluminum casting press failed on Wednesday afternoon, spilling hot metal onto the workers.
All three employees were immediately taken to Valley Medical Center in San Jose with second-degree burns.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited the workers on Wednesday night. One has been released already following treatment, while the other two have stayed in the burns unit overnight, one with chest and upper body burns.
Musk told reporters that one is expected to make a full recovery, but one worker has suffered particularly bad burns to his hands so his recovery process is unclear. "We want to have that recovery as much as possible" said Musk following his visit, adding that Tesla would do anything it could to help.
The Fremont Fire Department dismissed initial reports that there was a fire at the plant, and that the incident is being considered an industrial accident. California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health will investigate the incident.
The accident is the latest in a series of minor setbacks for the company, but as with recent reporting on Model S fires, it's essential to maintain a sense of perspective. Thousands of industrial accidents are reported every year and no company--Tesla Motors included--is immune from the possibility of accidents on a large-scale assembly line.
Nevertheless, we send the injured workers our best wishes, and hope they make a full and speedy recovery.