People in California have the right to expect a safe workplace. The Tesla plant in Fremont has come under close scrutiny for safety violations that have resulted in workplace accidents. The plant has been cited multiple times in recent months and is under investigation by Cal/OSHA for potential new violations.
The two newest allegations involve workers who were injured on the plant floor. One person was caught between two garbage bins after a fork lift pushed the bins into him. Another incident occurred when a contract worker's fingers got caught in a torque gun. These incidents, and three others that recently occurred at the Fremont plant, are currently under investigation.
Tesla claims to take employee safety very seriously. Elon Musk, the company CEO, announced recently that the vice president in charge of environmental, health and safety issues would report directly to him in an effort to show his commitment to employee safety. Cal/OSHA proposed $1,000 in fines against Tesla in August for failure to promptly report an injury and also for having extension chords on the plant floor that could pose a trip hazard. Tesla said they intended to appeal the fines but have not yet filed the necessary paperwork.
A person in California who has suffered an injury that resulted from workplace accidents has a right to receive care under California's workers' compensation law. An employee may want to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney to ensure that his or her rights are being upheld as allowed for by the law. A lawyer can review the case and advise the client on what steps may need to be taken.