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SpaceX fined more than $18K after workplace accident left engineer in a coma: report
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SpaceX was fined more than $18,000 after an engineer sustained an injury at work that left him in a coma.
Francisco Cabada, who has worked at the company for a decade, was conducting a routine pressure valve test on a SpaceX raptor engine on Jan. 18 when he was seriously injured in an accident, digital media company Semafor reported.
The engineer was reportedly standing too close to the valve when it hit maximum pressure faster than anticipated, blew a shield off the valve and knocked him unconscious. He suffered injuries to his head, upper and lower extremities, and his respiratory system.
Cabada was rushed to a hospital and treated for a skull fracture and head trauma. While he is no longer in a coma, which he was in for months, he is still unable to communicate and requires medical assistance to survive. It remains unclear if he will ever be able to leave the hospital.
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