A Tesla software engineer in Austin, Texas, reportedly suffered serious injuries after a robot malfunctioned on the factory floor.
A Tesla software engineer in Austin, Texas, suffered serious injuries after a robot malfunctioned on the factory floor two years ago, The Information reports.
According to witnesses, the robot, designed to move aluminum car parts, accidentally pinned the engineer, who injured his back and arm.
The engineer was programming software for robots responsible for cutting car parts from freshly cast aluminum. Two robots were disabled, but a third was left operational, resulting in the attack.
An injury report submitted to federal officials and health authorities in Travis County detailed the incident. Although the injuries were serious, they did not require the employee to take time off work.
Tesla has not commented on the matter, the New York Post reports.
The Giga Texas factory, where the incident occurred, has faced safety concerns, according to The Information.
Reports also highlighted incidents such as a moving cart trapping an employee’s ankle, resulting them in missing over four months of work, and another worker being struck in the head by a metal object, causing an 85-day absence.
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Source: Black Enterprise