A report released today by Worksafe, a California nonprofit that advocates for better health and safety protections for workers, shows that Tesla’s own internal data demonstrates annual injury rates at its Fremont plant have consistently exceeded industry averages. For example, in 2015—the last year for which industry-wide comparative data is available—Tesla’s overall injury rate in Fremont has been about one-third higher than the industry norm, and its serious injury rate is well over double the average.
Among the key findings in the report:
- Tesla’s total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) in 2015 was 31 percent higher than the industry average.
- Tesla’s total injury rate for 2016 was 8.1 injuries per 100 workers.
- The rate of serious injuries at Tesla’s Fremont plant—those that result in days away from work, restricted duty, or job transfer—was approximately double the industry average for 2015.
The full report can be read here.