- According to “The Information”, explosions among employees occur almost every day at Tesla’s gigafactory in Texas.
- The report said police also responded to multiple calls about physical fights.
- Elon Musk is known to push employees through “production hell.”
Workers at Tesla’s Austin gigafactory may be feeling the pressure of Elon Musk’s deadlines.
Some factory workers in Texas he said Information that there are verbal fights almost every day in the center, and even physical fights – as they claim.
The report shows that local police were sometimes called. Police received numerous calls about physical fights, including the use of weapons, some of which were classified as “terrorist threats,” the report said.
In one case in July, Tesla sent an email to employees at the site about an “active attacker” at a gigafcatory, but the Travis County (Texas) sheriff told The Information that after searching the location, they found no attacker or any victims.
The Information report also analyzed workplace injuries at the factory and found that, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about one in 21 workers suffered some kind of injury at a factory last year. For comparison, according to the publication, the median for an automotive factory of a similar size is about one in 30.
Tesla employs about 20,000 workers at its Austin plant and plans to triple that number as it develops its Cybertruck, a company spokesman said San Antonio Express News in September.
A Tesla spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
The Information report appears later Reuters released an investigation into workplace injuries at SpaceX earlier this month. Some workers told the publication that to meet Elon Musk’s deadlines, they took Adderall and slept at the factory. The news organization looked at 600 on-the-job injuries at SpaceX over the past nine years.
SpaceX did not respond to Reuters’ detailed request for comment on the article.
Musk is known to run his companies with high intensity, sometimes exhorting work sprints and even sleeping on the factory floor at Tesla.
At its Austin gigafactory, the electric car maker is working to deliver its first electric pickup truck. Musk warned that scaling production of the Cybertruck would be “extremely difficult.”
Before the Model 3’s 2017 launch, Musk pushed workers at Tesla’s Fremont factory into “production hell.”
And in 2018, Bloomberg reported regarding safety complaints made by workers on the production dock, including workers allegedly walking through raw sewage to keep the production line moving.
A Tesla spokesman denied the accusations at the time.
“There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our employees,” a Tesla representative told Insider in 2018. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t real problems at Tesla that need to be addressed, or that we’ve made no mistakes for any of the 40,000 people who work at our company. However, there should be no doubt that we care deeply about the well-being of our employees and that we strive to do the right thing and fail less often. We are improving safety even more every month and will continue to do so until we have by far the safest factory in the world.
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