Earlier this week, a non-profit news organization, the Center for Investigative Reporting, cataloged a series of injuries sustained by Tesla factory workers. They included back pain, repetitive stress injuries, and severe headaches attributed to the worker by an adhesive on the vapors. The article said that Tesla's injury rate exceeded the industry average in 2016 and the company decided not to report certain incidents as required by the California Labor Law.
In a blog post, Tesla said the article had miscalculated some injuries The Department of Occupational Safety and Health said Friday that they had initiated a second investigation with Tesla, but the species would not specify and said that no information could be published until the case was closed.
Tesla issued a statement declaring that an injury was "very serious" and pledged to cooperate fully with the state agency. "Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of the people who work for Tesla every day," says the company.
The company also attempted to distance itself from the April 9 incident, saying that the injured worker was not under his supervision
"This breach involved a worker hired by an independent contractor and a suit developed by and under the supervision of this contractor, "Tesla said. "This contractor was also responsible for reporting the violation they have done."
David Michaels, who headed the Occupational Health and Safety Department under President Barack Obama and is now a faculty member of George Washington University, reported injuries Tesla was worth investigating.
"If you have injuries, it means the manufacturing system is not working as it should or is not well designed," he said. "Injuries mean that things do not work the way they should."
Tesla's boss, Elon Musk, acknowledged that the company is struggling to extricate itself from its production line with the development of its first mass-produced Model 3. He called the debugging process "production hell" and recently said he was sleeping in the factory.
Celebrated just a year ago as an emerging force in the auto industry, Tesla has traveled a bumpy road in recent weeks. The company expects Model 3 to increase sales and reduce quarterly losses. Concerns about errors in its manufacturing process prompted Moody & # 39; s Investors Service to downgrade Tesla's credit rating and warn that the company could run into a liquidity trap later in the year.
A state security agency investigated an accident that died on March 23 when its Tesla Model X SUV crashed into a concrete wall on a highway near San Francisco. The accident happened with the autopilot driver assistance system.
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