Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) made the headlines on Wednesday afternoon for yet another fire. This time, however, it was at the company’s California plant. And it turned out to be not a fire, but employees being injured by a hot metal spill.
Tesla’s Musk visits injured workers
Three of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s workers were injured in the hot metal spill on Wednesday afternoon. NBC Bay Area reports that Musk stopped in at the hospital to see how they were doing. Two of the three reportedly suffered minor burns, while the third suffered serious burns. At last check, two of the three workers were still in the hospital. Valley Medical Center released the third worker late last night. The worker who was the most seriously injured was said to have suffered upper body and chest burns.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk told NBC Bay Area that he visited the hospital to make sure his employees were getting the best care possible.
More details on the Tesla factory fire released
We’ve also heard some additional information on what exactly happened at the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) factory last night. According to Musk, some of the equipment in the dye casting part of the facility malfunctioned, spilling molten aluminum and burning the three workers. Ambulances took them to Valley Medical Center’s burn center.
Cal-OSHA has classified the incident as an industrial accident.
Tesla receiving too much attention: Musk
Shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) were largely unaffected by the incident at the factory. They rose a fraction of a percent in premarket trading this morning. Last night CEO Elon Musk said Tesla seems to be in the news too much lately.
“There does seem to be, I think, too much attention paid to Tesla, good and bad,” NBC Bay Area quoted Musk as saying last night. “It seems like we get an unusual amount of attention, no matter what it is.”
The incident at the automaker’s factory triggered alarms within the media since it was initially reported as a fire. It follows three recent fiery wrecks in the company’s Model S sedans. However, as Musk has said repeatedly, all of those fires started only after accidents, one of which was extraordinarily violent. Also none of those riding in the Model S were seriously injured, even those in the second wreck which involved crashing through two big obstacles before hitting a tree and stopping.