It looks like quite a lot of workers get injured during the production of Tesla’s EVs at the factory in Fremont. The company has recently said that the factory’s total recordable incident rate (TRIR) in the first quarter of this year was 4.6, which is below the industry average of 6.7. The number represents the average number of nonfatal injuries per 100 workers.
Worksafe, a nonprofit for worker safety based in California, has released a new report that tells us a different story. The report claims that the injury data Tesla has recorded for the first quarter of the year might not be accurate based on the company’s “erratic reporting patterns”. That’s the reason why Worksafe focused on older injury data between 2014 and 2017.
The results are quite different than the ones Tesla is bragging with. The total recordable incident rate in 2015 at the Fremont factory was 31 percent higher than the industry average. There were 8.8 injuries per 100 workers, compared to the industry average of 6.7.
Last year, the injury rate was a little lower than in 2015 but still quite high at 8.1. Although the average industry injury rate for the year hasn’t been released yet, it is expected that it will be lower than Tesla’s 8.1.
The DART rate, which is the rate of serious injuries that result in days away from work, restricted duty, or job transfer, was also quite high in 2015 at the company’s factory. At 7.9, it was approximately double that of the industry average (3.9).
The company has released a statement on this topic by saying that it had some challenges in the past when it comes to injury rates but now has the lowest rate in the industry by far thanks to the changes it had made. Tesla also added that its goal is to minimize the injuries as much as possible and to make its factory the safest in the auto industry.