A shameful situation is what is happening SpaceX these days, since according to reports from the newly launched news site Semaphor, would have kept complicit silence after January an employee was seriously injured after a routine review in one of the Raptor engines.
Francisco Cadaba, who had been with the Elon Musk-led company for ten years, suffered life-threatening injuries to his head, limbs and respiratory system on January 18.
Although Cadaba has awoken from a months-long coma, he cannot survive without medical assistance and is unable to communicate.
SpaceX was fined $18,475 for two safety violations, one with the highest order of penalty, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a seemingly insignificant sum given the severity of Cadaba’s injuries.
Most concerning is that SpaceX “has made no announcement to the public or its workers about the status [de Cadaba]» ex-employees told traffic lightwho are concerned that Cadaba’s family will not be compensated for his inability to work, likely for the rest of his life.
Meanwhile, Cadaba’s family has been relying on the charity of his co-workers who have donated more than $51,000 to his GoFundMe page.
But the chances of another accident of the same magnitude are also latent: “We have flammable liquids on the site in large quantities,” he told traffic light Preston Wood, senior security manager at aerospace manufacturer Relativity Space. “We have cryogenics, high-pressure gases, inert gases that can create oxygen-deficient atmospheres. Those products are very dangerous.”