So it been reported that workers at Tesla’s auto plant spend two days off due to work-related injuries after adjusting for workforce growth, in 2018 than in 2017, Bloomberg reports, citing a report Tesla filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The company recorded an increase in injuries in 2018 with Employees at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory spending 22,454 days away from their jobs due to work-related injuries and illnesses in 2018, compared to 7,619 in 2017. But it was reported that injuries per hour worked was the same as that of 2017. But ironically tesla’s injury rate is lower than that of it competitors, A Tesla representative told Business Insider that the number of days an employee spends away from work due to injury does not correspond to the injury’s severity. The representative added that the automaker gives employees the time they need to recover from injuries.
Laurie Shelby, Tesla’s vice president of environmental health and safety in a report said “The most important metric is fatalities, and our number is zero. It was a big ramp year for Model 3, so there were a lot more hours worked, more production staff and more potential for incidents. We really focused on making sure we had our safety team out in the area as we ramped.”
According to shelby most of the injuries suffered by the employees are mostly aggregate trauma caused by repetitive stress to the back, neck, wrists, hands, and shoulders. Injury statistics and reports from media outlets have raised questions about worker safety at Tesla’s factories, though concerns about workplace safety are not unique to Tesla in the auto industry.
The company received quite a number of citation from OSHA related to vehicle manufacturing than most other big automakers like Ford, General Motors, or Fiat Chrysler from 2017 through the end of 2018. The company is been accused of misreported workplace injuries and failed to use safety markings for aesthetic reasons. They automakers have declined to comment on the allegation posed on them.