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Tesla engineer attacked by robot that ‘pinned' him to wall during factory malfunction

Tesla engineer attacked by robot that ‘pinned' him to wall during factory malfunction

The incident reportedly took place in 2021.

In our increasingly automated world, we're going to encounter new kinds of issues - and that seems to be the case with the latest story regarding a robot in a Tesla factory.

According to reports, a Tesla engineer was allegedly injured by a robot that pinned him to a wall at the company's Texas factory.

This is according to a 2021 injury report filed to Travis county and federal regulators, which has been reviewed by

The Tesla factory in Texas.
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According to reports, the man was programming software for robots - two were disabled, but another was accidentally left on. As the robot - which was designed to move aluminium car parts - went through its normal motions, it caught the worker's back and arms in its claws.

He was allegedly left with an 'open wound' in his left hand, but according to, the report said the man did not need to take time off work.

Eyewitnesses have spoken to US-based tech website The Information, Sky News reports.

They apparently told the website when the incident happened a worker hit the emergency stop button. The engineer reportedly managed to break free from the robot and fell down a chute for scrap metal. Witnesses reportedly said he left 'a trail of blood behind him'.

In response to the story, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to X to highlight a Tesla robot wasn't responsible for the incident, but it was instead the technology from a European robotics company.

According to, Tesla must submit injury reports like this one to authorities to maintain its tax breaks in Texas.

Tesla revealed its first robot prototype in 2022.
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Texas has been Tesla's global headquarters since 2021 - Musk moved to the state in 2020, and it's also home to a SpaceX testing facility.

The news comes a few weeks after Tesla unveiled the new edition of its own humanoid robot, dubbed Optimus - Gen 2.

The sleek bot was revealed in an impressive video on X, showing the robot squatting, dancing and even holding eggs without breaking them.

The bot received a fanfare of praise on X, with comments referring to the "Insane progress in such a short period of time," while another added: "How is this possible! The possibilities are endless."

Tesla has been contacted for comment.

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