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California regulator launches investigation into Tesla over injury reports

By midian182 · 5 replies
Apr 19, 2018
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  1. Just a few days after Tesla called an article claiming it purposely underreported serious factory injuries "misrepresentative and outright inaccurate," the automaker is facing an investigation into the allegations by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

    The agency is looking into Telsa’s Freemont, California, factory after website Reveal claimed the company was filing a number of injuries under the "personal medical" category. As these don't have to be publicly disclosed, such actions could make Tesla’s official injury rate appear lower than it is. Elon Musk’s firm responded by calling the publication an “extremist organization” for reporting the story.

    Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for Cal/OSHA, said it “takes seriously reports of workplace hazards and allegations of employers’ underreporting recordable work-related injuries and illnesses” and “currently has an open inspection at Tesla.” The agency wouldn’t say what prompted the investigation, which could take up to six months to complete.

    A Tesla spokesperson said Cal/OSHA was required to look into any claims, “regardless of whether they have merit or are baseless (as we believe these are), and we always provide our full cooperation.”

    Bloomberg notes that Cal/OSHA’s defines a serious injury or illness as one that requires employee hospitalization for more than 24 hours for a matter other than medical observation, or when part of the body is lost or permanent disfigurement occurs.

    “We have never in the entire history of our company received a violation for inaccurate or incomplete injury record-keeping,” said Tesla, adding that its injury rate at the Freemont factory was lower than when Toyota Motor Corp and General Motors owned it.

    It’s not turning out to be a good month for Tesla. News of the investigation comes just as the factory temporarily suspends production of its Model 3 sedan for the second time since February. Musk said it was a necessary step to improve automation and address bottlenecks.

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  2. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,118   +2,406

    Translation: We covered up the injuries and are furiously working to remove the conditions that caused them, however, we refuse to report them as required by law. Tesla, more specifically, myself, IS the law.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,503   +3,893

    Of course TESLA can appeal and have FED-OSHA take the case. Their defination is these would be considered "lost time" injuries which simply states that any work related injury that causes the employee to miss one or more days, regardless of medical care status. The difference is splitting hairs but sadly, the Fed is far more forgiving that the state of California in such matters .....
  4. ChrisH1

    ChrisH1 TS Addict Posts: 140   +67

    Passing over the injuries bit which I have no knowledge about and commenting on the production suspension - there's no pleasing people. They don't like it when Tesla's not producing 2,500 cars per week, and they don't like it when Tesla stops production to make assembly line improvements so they can move towards 2,500 per week. What do they want?
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,570   +1,787

    Tesla to be making 2,500 cars per week without abusing their own employees. The problem is, this kind of automation reconfiguration is typically done over a year before the release of a car.

    Musk is, by admitting they are doing that, saying the model 3 is still in its alpha stage of production, and shareholders are pissed that musk dropped the ball so hard on his model 3 production promises. His over-promising is going to get him in trouble sooner or later, and tesla seems to be digging a deeper financial hole for themselves.
  6. Most of the rocking chair-dwellers here don't like electric vehicles, so less production, the better for them.

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