Tesla Inc. appealed $82,000 in safety citations resulting from an accident at its Fremont, Calif., facility in which a contract employee’s fingers were reportedly caught in a torque gun, authorities confirmed March 14.

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) was informed Aug. 31 of the accident, which occurred Aug. 24.

Tesla initiated an appeal two weeks after the citations were made final, according to Frank Polizzi, spokesman for the state Department of Industrial Relations, of which the job...