Breaking: Fire Department And Ambulance At Tesla Factory In Fremont After Incident. Burn Injuries Treated – No Fire

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Overhead Shot Of Emergency Crews At Tesla's Fremont, CA Factory (via Twitter - @nbcbayarea)

Overhead Shot Of Emergency Crews At Tesla’s Fremont, CA Factory (via Twitter – @nbcbayarea)

Sometimes when things just aren’t going all that well, it gets worse.  Thankfully a fire was not involved in this latest bit of unfortunate news.

First reported by San Francisco station KPIX, a failure in some heavy equipment at Tesla’s Fremont factory that build the Model S has injured at least 3 workers early on Wednesday.  The Fremont Fire Department was called to the scene at 11:52 AM (pacific).

Update 1: Incident is burn related, as persons have been taken to Valley Medical Center burn unit.

Brian Dinsmore, who is the news assignment manager first took to twitter to announce the incident, as well as posted a shot of emergency response crews currently on the scene.

Mr. Dinsmore notes that “Fire trucks, ambulance at Tesla factory in Fremont” and that “…they are working an incident right now, and there may be injuries.”

Brian Dinesmore From KPIC Reports On Possible Injuries At Tesla Plant via Twitter Wednesday AFternoon

Brian Dinesmore From KPIC Reports On Possible Injuries At Tesla Plant via Twitter Wednesday AFternoon

Update 2: Two persons confirmed injured after an “incident” at the Tesla factory – both taken to burn unit at Valley Medical Center.

NBC Reporter Scott Budman Confirms Two Injuries At Tesla Factory

NBC Reporter Scott Budman Confirms Two Injuries At Tesla Factory

Update 3: Three persons now confirmed injured.  No details on exactly what occurred other than it was obviously burn related, but emergency crews are now leaving the scene.

Update 4: NBCBayArea reports that no fire was present at the factory but incident “involved pressurized equipment.”

NBC Bay Area reports (via Twitter) That No Firer Or Explosion Cause Of Multiple Injuries At Tesla Factory

NBC Bay Area reports (via Twitter) That No Firer Or Explosion Cause Of Multiple Injuries At Tesla Factory

Update 5: Fremont Fire Department spokesperson Dan Cardenas said in a  statement: “It involved pressurized equipment that they use at the plant…There was no fire, no explosion”

Update 6: Tesla spokeswoman Elizabeth Jarvis-Sheen statement on the incident:

“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.”

Update 7:  Tesla CEO made a statement to the San Jose Mercury news about the accident, now officially classed as a “industrial accident”

“Two (workers’ injuries) sound relatively minor, one more serious. (I) am going to visit them in the hospital later today and will personally ensure that they receive the best possible care.”

Update 8 (late afternoon): One worker released from burn unit.  Two other still in hospital according to the hospital.

Update 9 (late afternoon): Most serious injury was to an employee who suffered burns to the chest and upper body according to Cal-OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins to NBC Bay Area.

Update 10: According to San Jose Mercury News, Elon Musk visited the hospital around 7 pm and said that  of the two remaining,”Kevin” will likely make a full recovery but the other had more serious injuries.

“In the case of Jesus, his hands were burned pretty badly so it’s not clear what the recovery is going to be,” he said according to the Mercury News, “We want to have that recovery as much as possible and we’ll do everything we can on that part.”

This story will continued to be updated as more information becomes available.  Our well wishes to the workers and their families.

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29 responses to "Breaking: Fire Department And Ambulance At Tesla Factory In Fremont After Incident. Burn Injuries Treated – No Fire"

  1. Kelly Olsen says:

    You need to change the headline to this story. As all recent reports indicate, there was no fire. No need to spread more unfounded hysteria about Teslas and fires.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey Kelly, title doesn’t say anything about a fire…just says that fire – ambulance were at the Tesla factory…we never reported there was a fire. (but it does seem to read funny/need a change)

      1. scottf200 says:

        Seriously you should not have the word fire in the headlines. Seems irresponsible. That title is only good to get people to this site. Hold yourself to a higher standard.
        Much better:
        Ambulance At Tesla Factory In Fremont After Incident – Equip caused burn Injuries

        1. Jay Cole says:

          I’ll add an “and” or respond or department or something, don’t want it to get confusing

          1. scottf200 says:

            So your rationale for leaving fire in the title is that there is a fire truck?
            I don’t think your change did anything. My opinion is still the above.

            1. Jay Cole says:

              No, no, I was just responding quick with an adjustment on the fly before making the appropriate changes. We really don’t want the whole conversation in the comments to about an unfortunate title wording at all, lol.

              Apologies on for that. We were just trying to get all the news out in a timely manner…and the title could have be taken a couple ways – which was unfortunate and not intentional at all.

              We have no interest in being sensationalistic (I think that shows in the amount of heat we took reporting on other recent Tesla incidents in the comment section about being to ‘soft’ with how we handled it) and we re-worked the title here today as quickly as the confusion was brought to our attention.

              It is now “Breaking: Fire Department And Ambulance At Tesla Factory In Fremont After Incident. Burn Injuries Treated – No Fire”

              I think that is true to how the story was first reported with units on the scene, but also lets people know there was no fire before reading the complete article.

              1. scottf200 says:

                Thanks Jay! Excellent change. Your guys site is a daily fix for me.

                1. Jay Cole says:

                  Thanks Scott,

                  …we’ll try to do a better job on titles in the future, (=
                  Hate that it seemed like we were playing ‘fast and loose’ there, totally my bad on that one. I’m glad it was pointed out quick by you (and others) and we got it fixed quick.

      2. Turboro says:

        Its a little unnecessary misleading, the first thing that catched my eye was the word “fire”, thinking of fire at the factory plant.

      3. Jon says:

        If you don’t want to “seem” fast and loose, start by not being fast and loose.

        You can’t wait a few minutes to figure out some facts before posting tweets as if it’s real news?

        “Breaking” news only helps you. I’m happy to wait an hour to get my news if it means it will be more accurate (not just rumors and speculation that can do real harm to a fragile company).

  2. Turboro says:

    @Kelly – I agree, its a little unnecessary misleading, the first thing that catched my eye was the word “fire”, thinking of fire at the factory plant.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I think it is more descriptive now – no confusion: “Fire And Ambulance At Tesla Factory In Fremont After Incident – Burn Injuries Treated – No Fire”

      When the story broke all we had was fire trucks and ambulance at the factory – that was the entire story (without further details), hence the title including the words fire and ambulance at factory – details coming, without any further modifiers.

      1. sven says:

        Fire Dept. or Fire trucks would be better. Fire by itself is open to different interpretations.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Good idea, “fire department” is even better. /changed

  3. kdawg says:

    I didn’t know they cast anything at the Fremont plant. I’ve literally stood next to sand core assemblies as low pressure aluminum was injected from below. There were leaks sometimes, and even a couple blow-outs where the sand cores collapsed, but I never saw an explosion. Scary stuff. I have heard a lot of iron foundry horror stories and been present for a couple.

  4. Assaf says:

    Hope the injuries are not bad, and the injured recover well and are respectably compensated for their sacrifice.

  5. Anon says:

    Workplace accidents are always unfortunate. Much of the Model S is created on site, from castings, on up. Hope the injuries were minor, and that those folks recover quickly.

    Wonder if this damaged equipment impacts Tesla’s delivery schedules?

  6. CherylG says:

    You are 5 times more likely to be injured in a regular auto factory than you are in an EV factory.

    Therefore, there’s definitely no need to make any changes to processes or procedures for worker safety.

    1. M says:

      5 times? That smells like a made-up statistic. I’m pro-EV, but I’m not surprised that any new factory might miss a few safety best practices at first. Even if true, any time a worker is injured you MOST DEFINITELY need to change processes or procedures (as guided by the root cause). This is simply the right thing to do, and should be proudly undertaken even before considering a likely OSHA investigation and possible lawsuit.

      1. kdawg says:

        65% of all statistics are made up.

        And 9 out of 5 people do not understand math.

      2. Tesla Fan says:

        you clearly dont understand sarcasm

    2. kdawg says:

      @CherylG – as of today, more people have been injured in a Tesla factory than in a Tesla Model S.

  7. MrEnergyCzar says:

    They’re a normal company now, they worker injuries…. hopefully no one was badly hurt.

    MrEnergyCzar

  8. Unplugged says:

    The author of the updates might want to give the time of the update.

  9. Anon says:

    KDawg is correct. “CherylG” smells like a FUD Blogger — takes any Tesla news, uses it as platform to post unrelated misinformation / opinions concerning Model S Battery.

  10. PJS says:

    Why is this even news? You would think that this is the first accident that ever happened at a car plant. What is the journalistic value of this story?

  11. James says:

    Alcoa recently announced new processes to produce aluminum body panels and
    substructures. Supposedly less expensive and safer to boot. Hope Tesla incorporates
    the latest tech in these process as their profits continue and they refine/streamline
    the costs and approaches to building lightweight aluminum cars.

  12. James says:

    I think a guy on the Nissan LEAF assembly line in Smyrna was drinking a Pepsi
    and cut his hand rather badly on the pop top. Firefighters were called and I believe
    their may have been OSHA reps contacted.

    Since it was near an electric car assembly line and officials were contacted, I believe
    this should be reported on, and spread throughout the interwebs as instantly as
    possible. After all, I’m looking towards USA Today and InsideEVs.com for ALL OF
    THE DOWN-AND-DIRTY EV NEWS of whatever ilk, instantly – 24/7.

    If FIREfighters were called, and the medics came from a FIREhouse, I believe the
    word FIRE should be included as much as possible in the article, and as near the
    reminders that DANGEROUS ELECTRIC CARS are built in that facility. I think
    the Pepsi can could somehow be related somehow or in some fashion to the reasons
    why electric cars should be banned forever.

    SARCASTIC RANT OFF.

    1. James says:

      Has NHTSA been contacted?

      Pffffffff. Boom!