Workplace Conditions At California Tesla Plant Under Investigation

A California safety agency has launched an inspection of Tesla's Fremont car factory

A California safety agency has launched an inspection of Tesla's Fremont car factory

California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) opened an investigation into Tesla Inc.

The Center for Investigative Reporting in the course of this week unleashed a story that brought it to the limelight that indeed Tesla had failed to fulfill its obligation of reporting serious injuries on what is termed the legally mandated reports by many. Nearly in the same vein it also takes pretty seriously the allegations of employers' underreporting recordable work-related illnesses and injuries as well. "Unfortunately, the writers at Reveal have published an article that paints a completely false picture of Tesla and what it is actually like to work here", the Tesla response reads. Some workers have attempted to unionize at the factory in the past with the support of the United Automobile Workers (UAW).

The injury rate at the Fremont factory, which it had taken over from General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp, is half what it was in its final years under the previous owners, the spokesman added.

Late on Tuesday, California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as CAL/OSHA, opened its inspection and investigations can be triggered by a number of reasons, including internal complaints from employees. As part of its inspections, Cal-OSHA will review Tesla's log of injuries and a review to make sure injuries are being reported in a timely manner.

After frequent delays in production of its Model 3 sedan, Tesla is now trying to catch up to a target of constructing 2,500 vehicles on weekly basis by the end of the second quarter. That is the reason it has chose to open inspection at Tesla as was disclosed by a spokeswoman for the state's industrial relations department Erika Monterroza. Production of the Model 3 has been temporarily shut down to deal with bottlenecks in the company's production lines, which, according to Musk, are due to the overuse of automation.

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