Tesla Workplace Injury Rate Exceeded US Auto Industry Average by 31% in 2015

According to a May 2017 report published by California nonprofit Worksafe, workers at Tesla’s Fremont, CA plant suffered 31% more injuries than did workers at the average US automobile plant in 2015. The rate for more-serious injuries (those which result in required leave or changes in job duties) at the Fremont plant was even higher, at nearly double the average rate of the US auto industry.

A worker assembles a car at Tesla's Fremont plant.  Courtesy: CNBC

A worker assembles a car at Tesla's Fremont plant.  Courtesy: CNBC

At a Tesla shareholders meeting on June 6, CEO Elon Musk addressed this issue, stating that the company has been making “huge progress” on worker safety. “We’re well on our way to an injury rate that’s less than half of the auto industry,” he said, also stating that Tesla’s current injury rate is 32% below the auto industry average and dropping. Read more here.

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