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Workplace accident leaves three Tesla Motors employees with burns

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In some professions employees accept that a work injury could occur - but that doesn't mean that precautions shouldn't be taken. Construction workers, for instance, can suffer injuries at a higher rate than individuals in other professions. Factory workers are often at risk as well, and power equipment accidents and injuries can leave workers hospitalized. That appears to be what happened in recent incident at a factory in nearby Fremont.

According to a recent report, a serious incident at a Tesla Motors factory left three workers with injuries. The report indicates that a metal casting press apparently malfunctioned, and as a result hot liquid metal spilled out and burned the employees. All three employees were taken to a medical facility for treatment, and two of them reportedly had to stay overnight.

Occupations that involve the use of heavy machinery and power equipment are obviously more dangerous than those in which a person simply sits behind a desk and types on a computer all day. Interestingly enough, however, when an injury occurs due to a workplace accident it might not matter at all what the injured person's occupation was - all that matters is that the employee should be entitled to compensation, especially if the employer failed to take the proper precautions to prevent injuries. Workers' compensation is usually available to employees who cannot return to work because of an injury at work.

In this case, an investigation began very quickly after the accident at the Tesla Motors factory, but it could be several weeks before the exact cause of the accident is identified. The employees involved suffered severe burns, and it wasn't immediately clear if all three would be able to aim for a full recovery.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Tesla Motors accident: Hot metal burns three workers at Fremont auto plant," David DeBolt and Dana Hull, Nov. 13, 2013

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