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Tesla fined after work-related accident led to violations


Many New Yorkers may be familiar with Tesla Motors, an automotive manufacturer that builds electric cars. The company is facing heavy scrutiny after a work-related accident in November 2013 injured three employees.

An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found Tesla liable for the accident, which involved the failure of an aluminum casting press. It splattered molten metal on the workers, igniting their clothing on fire and causing serious burns. The workers were not wearing protective gear at the time of the accident.

The company faces several violations for the accident and subsequent injuries. Tesla must now pay $89,000 in fines unless it contests the fines or files an appeal within the allotted time period.

All employees have the right to work in an environment free of hazards and unsafe conditions. If an employer has reason to believe that the workplace is unsafe, he or she has the right to refuse the work. Employees are a company's most prized assets. Therefore, their health and safety is crucial. When employers fail to follow state and federal regulations, they can be cited for safety violations. These violations stay on a company's record permanently and may include fines.

Injuries from a workplace accident can last for weeks, months or even years. Fortunately, there is a remedy available for those who must take time off work to recover from injuries. Workers' compensation is a state-mandated program that offers benefits to those injured in the workplace. These benefits can offer much financial relief to someone who must pay for medical expenses while losing wages at the same time.

Source: CBS San Francisco, "Tesla Fined $89K By State Workplace Safety Officials For Worker Injuries," May 1, 2014

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