Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) appears to be keen on accomplish its production targets, which are aggressive. Though its CEO, Elon Musk, indicated that he accorded top priority to the worker safety and satisfaction, recent events are worrying factors for its employees. Employees have reportedly shared their stories of injuries in the workplace and asked the company to enhance safety standards for its workmen.
Tesla CEO told the media that he believes in doing things right as he is on a mission do good things to the world. This included caring about its own employees’ safety and health, according to a report in mercurynew.com. The comments came on the back of British media, The Guardian, reporting that ambulances were requested for over hundred times to its factory since 2014. This is mainly to take care of its employees ailments that included fainting to seizures, chest paints and dizziness.
Since February, workers in the factory have raised alarm bells publicly and coordinated with the United Automobile Workers union to bring attention to safety. The issue has probably come at a wrong time for Musk, who is eager to launch the mass market Model 3 and increase the production to 500,000 units from 84,000 units achieved in 2016.
Tesla revealed that it did everything to enhance working conditions by adding a strong program to assist injured workers and recover from work-associated maladies. The electric vehicle pointed out that its total recordable incident rate is better than the industry average as far as the standard safety rating is concerned in the current year.
Interestingly, the electric vehicle maker’s record suggested that 75 percent of the ambulance called were not related to work-related injuries. This could have been due to pre-existing condition or an illness. Currently, its Fremont factory employs about 10,000 persons.
On the other hand, in a suit, production worker, Dewitt Lambert, alleged that working conditions were not safe. He charged the company of failure to rotate his position properly on the production line because of which he suffered a back injury last year. The suit alleged that he worked for 12 hours a day and six days a week. On top of it, there was no rotation for three months.
In pre-market trading on Friday, Tesla shares edged up 0.01 percent.