A recent article by The Guardian takes an inside look to Tesla’s warehouse safety operations. In recent years, Tesla has had to make big improvements to their safety training. In the earlier stages, Tesla was having an injury rate that exceeded industry norms. Workers believed this was so high due to difficult deadlines they were expected to meet. Tesla’s CEO acknowledged that his workers had been working long hours on jobs that were not easy. A report, which was obtained by the Guardian, states that ambulances had been called more than 100 times since 2014. Most cases in which an ambulance was called was due to dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing, and fainting. Workers have attested to seeing co-workers pass out while working. Tesla’s CEO did make an effort to fix the injury rate by bringing Ergonomic experts. The article by the Guardian can be read here.
Safety training can easily be over looked by companies, and Tesla is an example. Companies can cut areas of the safety budget that they feel they do not need. By cutting parts of safety training out of the budget, money may be saved but at the expense of the workers. Tesla made the correct move by adding in ergonomics experts. Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environments. Ergonomics training is perfectly suited for factory workers. In a factory, workers maybe putting their body in positions it is not used to. Doing this same motion for eight hours a day and five days a week will be damaging to the body overtime.