USA: Ongoing investigation after employee death at Tesla amid health & safety concerns; Incl. co. comment

Author: Linette Lopez, Business Insider, Published on: 1 August 2019

"A Tesla employee died at the Gigafactory earlier this month — and the investigation is ongoing" 1 August, 2019

A Tesla employee was found dead at the Gigafactory earlier this month, Tesla has confirmed...

"...While we are still awaiting the autopsy report, we have initiated an investigation with law enforcement agencies and have no reason to believe that the incident was caused by anything related to this employee's work," Tesla said in a statement to Business Insider...

Tesla has faced criticism in the past for safety conditions at its factories. Tesla employees spent double the amount of time out of work for illness or injury last year than they did the year before, according to the OSHA.

California's OSHA has opened multiple investigations into safety violations at the company's Fremont, California plant. Tesla was hit with a $30,000 fine in January for violating six different California labor regulations with the construction of its production tent.

At the time, Tesla said that "The OSHA inspection did not result from any incident or injury and occurred during the construction phase of the project." The company also said it would challenge the agency's findings regarding safety violations during the construction of its production tent.

Reveal reported in June 2018 that Tesla had fired employees for reporting unsafe working conditions and that it belatedly adds injuries to its official company logs. Tesla denied that it has misreported workplace injuries.

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