On May 31 Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a statement that he was getting serious about factory safety. The statement sounded like a heartfelt appeal for everyone to improve safety at the state-of-the-art Tesla automobile factory in Fremont, California. This statement comes after a report that Tesla’s safety rates from 2014 to 2016 were poor.
Worksafe conducted a review based on federal OSHA reports required to be submitted by the Fremont Tesla factory from 2014 to 2016. Worksafe concluded that the rate of reportable injuries was 31% higher than industry standards. Worksafe’s report was issued 24 May, one week before the CEO’s statement.
Worksafe, a California non-profit organization that specializes in workplace health and safety issues, today posted this Report on Tesla’s Health and Safety Record.
From Worksafe: Over the past several months, workers at Tesla have become increasingly aware of the potential safety hazards at the company’s flagship vehicle plant in Fremont, California.
In April 2017, workers first requested copies of the OSHA Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses that companies are required by law to make available to their employees.
Worksafe analyzed these logs in order to interpret the data and evaluate how their plant compared to other auto manufacturing facilities.
This report represents the findings of that analysis. Read it here.
“I’ve seen people pass out, hit the floor like a pancake and smash their face open,” said Jonathan Galescu, a production technician at Tesla. “They just send us to work around him while he’s still lying on the floor.”
Do you feel pain on the job? Does your job cause you pain that affects other things you do in your life? Repetitive motion injuries can have career and life changing impacts. Workers coming together can make Tesla a better place to work, but first we have to learn about the potential health effects of our work environment. Click here for more information.
Come to the United Autoworkers Office:
44790 South Grimmer Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538
Wednesday May 3, 24-hour Open House
More than 50 labor, environmental and social justice groups sent Tesla a letter Thursday criticizing a confidentiality agreement the electric automaker’s employees must sign and urging the company to honor the right of workers to organize.
Nearly 60 local organizations on Thursday sent a letter to CEO Elon Musk criticizing the tech company’s confidentiality policy and safety protocol at its Fremont factory.
Community Groups Rally to Support Tesla Workers
More than 50 local community groups, including environmental, health, housing, civil rights, labor and religious groups released a letter today urging Tesla to respect the rights of its employees and allow them to discuss their working conditions without the fear of reprisal.
By Jose Moran, February 9, 2017
I’m proud to be part of a team that is bringing green cars to the masses. As a production worker at Tesla’s plant in Fremont for the past four years, I believe Tesla is one of the most innovative companies in the world. We are working hard to build the world’s #1 car — not just electric, but overall. Unfortunately, however, I often feel like I am working for a company of the future under working conditions of the past.
On January 10, 2017, five members of the California State Assembly sent Tesla a letter expressing concerns about the company’s confidentiality policy:
“We are concerned that over-broad language in the confidentiality agreement violates these provisions and has resulted in a chilling effect on workers’ ability to engage in protected activity. As we are confident that this was not your intention, we respectfully request that Tesla revise this policy to protect employee rights and comply with the law, and immediately communicate this clarification to all workers.”