SpaceX technician in coma after rocket test accident

If SpaceX, the company of Elon Musk, is used to undergoing incidents, these rarely injure the personnel of the company. But this time, an employee of the company suffered a serious head trauma, plunging him into a coma…

Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, is learning from its many mistakes. The massive Starship spacecraft, for example, has exploded more than once. Fortunately, the craft was unmanned. And if the richest man in the world no longer wants telecommuting for his employees, Francisco Cabada, the victim, perhaps should have stayed at home that day…

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The technician was performing an air pressure check on a Raptor 2 engine Jan. 18 at the company’s factory in Hawthorne, Calif. Unfortunately, the fuel monitor cover has come off violently, injuring the man in the head. The SpaceX technician suffered an injury that left him in a coma for two months.

SpaceX fined for failing to follow safety procedures

According to a report from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), at the time of the accident, the procedure was being conducted “using an automated program as opposed to the normal manual method that had been used in previous operations“. Francisco Cabada, a father of three, suffered skull fracture and head trauma and was hospitalized in a coma for two months.

SpaceX was inflicted a fine of $18,475 by OSHA for the safety violations that led to the incident. The company declined to comment on this. A GoFundMe page, set up by the victim’s family, has so far raised more than $50,000 to help support his children while he recovers from his injuries.

On the page in question, SpaceX states: “I can’t imagine the pain your family is going through, but please know that the entire SpaceX family prays for Francisco to recoverand your family is in our prayers“. Although the technician has since come out of a coma, he is still unable to communicate. According to his lawyer, the victim cannot survive without medical assistance.


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