Tesla cut corners on safety at Fremont factory
Electric vehicle maker Tesla has mislabeled and under-counted workers’ injuries to make its safety record look better that it was, according to a report by RevealNews.org.
Elon Musk’s aesthetic preferences.
According to them, because Musk didn’t like the color yellow, the factory floor did not have clearly marked pedestrian lanes, and instead had lanes painted different shades of gray. Tesla employs thousands of workers in Fremont where it makes its Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles.
Tesla, which has been under pressure to ramp up the production and delivery of its Model 3 electric sedan, its latest EV line, disputed each of Reveal’s findings in the report.
Tesla Chief People Officer Gaby Toledano, and its Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety, Laurie Shelby, gave interviews to Reveal suggesting that any past safety problems at the company have been resolved through a mix of employee training programs and process improvements. Shelby said she was confident the company was accurate in its reporting of worker injuries.
As part of this investigation, months were spent collecting and evaluating Occupational Safety and Health Administration injury and illness records, as well as the workers’ compensation, fire and 911 call records.
Dozens of current and former Fremont factory workers, including safety experts, were interviewed, and internal Tesla records obtained from sources.
Musk tweeted on Friday, “Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”