Report: Tesla Injury Rate Is Higher Than Average

You’d imagine a cutting-edge automaker like Tesla would be able to keep its worker injury rate low. Unfortunately, until the beginning of 2017, that just wasn’t true.

Worksafe, a California-based workers’ advocacy group, published a report that found Tesla’s worker injury rate as much as a third higher than the auto industry average.

Recently, Worksafe was approached by United Auto Workers (UAW) to look into the matter because UAW had been speaking to Tesla workers about organizing. Currently, Tesla is the only United States automaker without union representation.

The Report Findings

The Worksafe report found that Tesla had 8.8 injuries per 100 workers in 2015, while the auto industry average was at 6.7 per 100 workers. This number, called the “total recordable incident rate,” did fall to 8.1 per 100 in 2016, but average data for the rest of the industry was not yet available.

In a reply to this report, Tesla representatives said that, in the first quarter of 2017, the company’s injury average was 32 percent below the average of the rest of the industry.

Tesla reportedly made some changes to its business in an effort to lower the injury rate, including adding a third shift. Company representatives said this alone has led to a 30 percent drop in reportable incidents in the first quarter of 2017 when compared to a year earlier.

Tesla is trying to fix the problem, but will it be enough? Tesla worker injuries will hopefully decrease if the company’s employees organize.

Your Rights

Every worker is entitled to a safe work environment. When an employee is hurt at work, he or she might be able to pursue workers compensation.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, call Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP at 212–385–9190 or visit us online for a free consultation.

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