Report: Tesla compromised worker safety to appease Musk

Electric carmaker Tesla compromised worker safety at its Fremont, California plant to appease founder and CEO Elon Musk, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting, an independent journalism nonprofit that operates a website called

Tesla “mislabeled and under-counted workers’ injuries to make its safety record look better” and “[c]ompany officials labeled toxic exposures, muscle strains and repetitive stress injuries as personal medical issues or minor accidents requiring only first aid” to lower its official injury count, CIG concluded after a months-long evaluation of OSHA, worker’s compensation, fire and 911 call records, CNBC reported Sunday night.

Tesla disputed all of CIG’s findings, and insisted it accurately reports worker injuries, and has resolved any past safety problems through employee training programs and process improvements, CNBC said. Read story here.

Photos: Fremont Model S assembly line (above); panoramic of Tesla’s Fremont plant (below) 


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