Tesla said Wednesday that it has reported safety defects and work-related accidents at its Fremont plant during the "hell" of production for its Model 3 sedan. 19659002] The company provided a rare glimpse into the highly automated manufacturing process for the Model 3, the electric car that was ultimately intended for the masses and widely regarded as crucial to Tesla's success. Tesla, reportedly under investigation by government health and safety agencies, introduced recent safety initiatives to further reduce injury rates.
In addition to a decline in factory damage, Tesla has improved its number of serious injuries, the company's security chief said. Laurie Shelby. According to Shelby, who has not provided any specific figures, this record has dropped 20 percent this year based on various measurements that include the number and severity of injuries.
"That's what we focus on," Shelby said in the huge factory, which was packed with robots, conveyor belts and other heavy machinery to the rafters. "You really want to shut it down."
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CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly described The High Pressure, 24/7 production cycle for the Model 3 sedan as "hell." The company twice missed out on missed production targets before announcing this month that in June, Musk reached the goal of producing 5,000 model 3s a week.
But in the middle of this ride, Palo Alto was beaten over its safety record, triggering a sometimes combative response from the company, prompting Musk to declare war on the media.
Work Safety Organization Worksafe released in December Figures suggest that injury rates at the Fremont plant in 2016 were higher than the average US car maker's rate of 8.1 out of 100 casualties, compared to an industry average of 6 ; 2. The heavy injury rate for this year was 7.3 in Tesla's factory, compared to an industry average of 4, reports Worksafe.
In late 2016, a Tesla worker had his leg amputated after suffering a bloody incident outside the main factory building. Tesla said the accident occurred when two employees fooled around with a forklift, not during work-related operations.
The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health has reportedly opened at least two probes in Tesla's safety practices, broken jaws, and a soon after publication of an article by the Reveal Magazine of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Reveal in April said Tesla failed to report some serious injuries at the factory as required by law. Tesla has referred to the article in a blog post as an "ideologically motivated attack" and said that the company has reduced its injury rate by 25 percent last year. Reveal reported that after the publication of his investigation, Tesla added 13 violations in 2017 that were out of his mandated revelations.
"Tesla has failed to prove its image in many areas related to what is being said," said Karl Brauer, senior editor of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader. "Unfortunately, that's not really unusual for them when they make a problem for them, where they look like what they say, and what happens are two different things."
Tesla said Wednesday that there are a number of steps to reduce injuries. The company said it had just started using a system that analyzes workers' movements by placing sensors on their bodies to identify movements that can cause injury. And last month, Tesla Work Right hired ergonomics coaches to help employees avoid physical injury. Three-quarters of workers' injuries are due to movement or repetitive stress.
To reduce serious injuries, Tesla launched the so-called "LIFE" program in January, which collects data on near misses that will not hurt workers but may indicate safety risks.
For the time being, the focus on security issues is unlikely to cause much damage to the carmaker's business, as demand for the Model 3 still exceeds supply, Brauer said.
"They have a group of people who are Tesla fans, and there are many more of these people than selling cars for (Tesla)," said Brauer.
Tesla has not started producing the lower-priced $ 35,000 model 3 for the masses, but if that's the case, security issues could hamper sales, Brauer said.