Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, has been in the news quite a bit recently. From his settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to smoking a joint during a podcast, he has not been far from the media spotlight. Of course, this means that his companies have not been far from the spotlight, either. First, it was Tesla car owners blaming autopilot for serious accidents, including one woman who filed a lawsuit. Now, Tesla is back in the news, this time for OSHA inspections and alleged violations, as Business Insider reports.
The California Office of Safety and Health opened a third inspection into Tesla’s Fremont factory in September.
The third inspection came after the agency received a report that a worker’s finger was partially amputated while loading windshields onto a conveyor. The incident both occurred and was reported to OSHA on Friday.
A representative for Cal-OSHA said that inspection marked the seventh open investigation into the company’s Fremont plant.
The first incident occurred in early September when a worker became trapped between two garbage bins after a forklift pushed one of the two bins towards the other. The second incident investigation was opened just a couple of days later. This incident involved an employee’s fingers becoming caught in a torque gun.
According to Tesla, the incident occurred on August 24th, but was not reported to the agency until August 31st.
Safety concerns have been a major factor for Tesla, and according to a report, between January 2016 and March 2018, more than 300 calls to 911 have been made from the Fremont factory.
In comparison, during the same period, only nine 911 calls were made from the General Motors factory in Lake Orion, Michigan. This factory produces the all-electric Chevy Volt, a competitor to Tesla’s all-electric vehicles.
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