The Tesla assembly plant in California already employs over 10,000 workers, and a report about the manufacturer's effort to significantly increase production will see many more workers taken on. This might lead to even more workplace injuries than those of which the company is currently accused of not reporting as required. The Center for Investigative Reporting recently published these accusations, although the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health had apparently already launched an investigation at the plant before publication of the allegations.
The incident under investigation involves a 30-year-old employee of a subcontractor. According to Cal/OSHA, the man was hospitalized with serious injuries after a skid carrier struck him. Reportedly, his injuries included facial lacerations and a fractured jaw. The circumstances that led to the incident involving a mechanical lift truck were not mentioned.
The safety agency says this incident is being treated as a multi-employer investigation because Tesla did not employ the injured worker. A Tesla spokesperson says the worker was under the contractor's supervision while his employer developed the procedure with which he was occupied at the time. With regards to Tesla's failure to report injuries, the company says reporting this injury was the responsibility of the contractor.
Victims of workplace injuries under circumstances that involve a contractor and a manufacturer can present many obstacles because each entity would likely attempt to avoid being held responsible for compensation. This is because insurance premiums typically increase when workers' compensation claims are filed. Hiring an experienced California workers' compensation attorney can ease the process and might lead to benefits to cover medical expenses and lost income.
Source: standard.net, "Tesla subcontractor's broken jaw triggered first of two probes", Dana Hull, Josh Eidelson, April 20, 2018