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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 315773580 - Tesla Motors, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Foster City District Office

Nr: 315773580Report ID: 0950613Open Date: 12/07/2011

Tesla Motors, Inc.
3500 Deer Creek Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3711/Motor Vehicles and Passenger Car Bodies
NAICS: 336111/Automobile Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/20/2012
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:11/17/2012

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $18,000 $18,000
Current Penalty $5,400 $5,400
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3314 C01 04/23/2012 04/26/2012 $5,400 $18,000 $0 05/08/2012 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201128972Event: 11/28/2011Shaker Table Amputates Tip Of Workers Finger
At approximately 6:00 p.m. on November 28, 2011, Employee #1 a 48-year-old male with Tesla Motors Inc., was teaching two other new technicians how to manually a djust the air levels on the Vibration table Shaker. Employee #1 paused the Vibra tion Table Shaker from a computer, and then went inside an enclosed room where V ibration Table Shaker was kept. The two technicians being trained followed Emplo yee #1 inside the room. Employee #1 used his right index finger to point to the shaker, to show the trainees how to monitor the "reference point on the small ex pander head" a component of the Shaker table. As Employee #1's finger went in a gap between the shaker head and a piece of wood on the outer enclosure of the ta ble, the shaker head lost air pressure and dropped downwards into the gap. As a result, the tip of Employee #1's index finger was amputated when it was caught i n this pinch point and smashed by the shaker head. The incident was witnessed di rectly by one of the trainees. Employee #1 was hospitalized for more than 24 hou rs and he lost a part of his finger's bone due to the injury. Employee #1 was a Lead Senior Mechanical Engineer who provided training to new employees. Employee #1 said that he was trained on the Lock Out/Tag Out and block out procedure, bu t in this situation he had to leave the machinery energized to show the referenc e point, otherwise he was unable to show it to them if it was deenergized. Emplo yee #1 said, he had used his finger before as a pointer and never had such an ac cident; however, this time the machine malfunctioned because the safety air sens or got shorted and caused the shaker head drop on his finger. Employee #1 also a dmitted that it was not the first time he had done it. He had used his finger as a pointer previously to point out the same location at this machinery. This was a common practice. Employee #1 also stated that there was no pointer or extensi on tool was available on and before of the incident. Employee #1 stated that fro m now on he will use an extension tool. Employee #1 was never disciplined by the employer for not using an extension tool. Employee #1 suffered a serious injury (lost partial bone) that required hospitalization for more than 24 hours and re quired surgery. Employee #1 was able to return to work after three or four days.
Keywords: amputated, finger, lockout, point of operation, nip point
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315773580 Hospitalized injury Amputation Mechanical engineers

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