California is investigating Tesla for workplace safety

Posted: April 20, 2018 by oldbrew in News

Tesla plant [image credit: Steve Jurvetson @ Wikipedia]

More negative publicity for the electric car maker. The report includes a response from Tesla, in which it says: ‘The injury rate at our Fremont factory is half what it was in the final years of the UAW plant operated by GM/Toyota immediately before us, and we care deeply about the safety and well-being of our people and strive to do better every day.’ Are electric car plants more dangerous than non-electric ones?

Days after reports of possible dangerous working conditions, Tesla is now under investigation by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, as Futurism reports.

Well, people, it’s happening: California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is officially investigating Tesla, according to a statement.

A brief summary of what got us here: On Monday, investigative outlet Reveal published a story with some pretty horrific depictions of workplace injuries happening at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California that the company had failed to report to the proper authorities.

Tesla refuted the claims in a blog post, in which the company called the story “an ideologically motivated attack by an extremist organization working directly with union supporters to create a calculated disinformation campaign against Tesla.”

And now, Cal/OSHA is getting involved to actually see what’s going down.

While Cal/OSHA’s statement doesn’t specifically name the Reveal story, or where the “reports of workplace hazards and allegations of employers’ underreporting recordable work-related injuries and illnesses” came from, it’s pretty easy to speculate that that’s what prompted the investigation.

Here’s Cal/OSHA’s full statement, emailed to Futurism by a spokesperson.
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This isn’t Cal/OSHA’s first investigation into Tesla’s working conditions. A search of the federal OSHA database reveals 20 such investigations over the past five years.

  1. spetzer86 says:

    Just wait until they decide that robots should be treated the same as humans. At the rate these things go, it could happen someday next week.

  2. oldbrew says:

    spetzer – some robots could get fired…

    Tesla Model 3: production halted for second time in two months
    Apr 17, 2018

    Last week, company chief Elon Musk said on Twitter that “excessive automation” on the Model 3’s production line was a “mistake”. That admission has led to speculation that the latest shutdown was triggered by safety concerns.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    So wili the 100% robot assembly be halted by OSHA concerns for “worker” safety, or by an “industrial action” by the laid off robots fearing replacement by more compliant humans?

    Oh the irony is strong in this one….

  4. Bitter@twisted says:

    Sooner or later “Enron” Musk is going to be found out.
    Then lots of politicians are going to look very stupid.
    I’m really looking forwards to the great day!

  5. oldbrew says:

    Tesla risks a blowout as problems mount, but fans keep the hype machine in overdrive