Tesla is now facing $29,365 in safety fines after constructing an assembly line in an open-air structure outside its main factory in Fremont, CA, in less than a month, said officials at California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA).
Investigators visited the site, called GA4 between June 21 and December 18 and issued penalties for six violations of California’s labor regulations.
According to Cal-OSHA, Tesla failed to do the following:
• Obtain a permit prior to building GA4
• Inspect GA4 for potential safety hazards
• Cover or guard an opening in the floor of GA4 that was 22 inches wide, 14 inches long, and 8-inches deep
• Train enough employees to help evacuate workers from the facility in the event of an emergency
• Properly train employees to prevent and respond to heat illness
• Protect workers from exposed metal rods and rebar that posed a “hazard of impalement”
Tesla appealed the citations, saying for each that it did not violate the specified regulation and the corresponding penalty was unreasonable.
“Nothing is more important to me or to Tesla than the health and well-being of our employees,” said Laurie Shelby, Tesla’s vice president of environmental, health, and safety said in a statement. “My EHS team and operational leaders have been intently focused on GA4 over the past six months, implementing safety protocols throughout the new line that not only keep Tesla in compliance with existing standards but also reduce risks to associates. The OSHA inspection did not result from any incident or injury and occurred during the construction phase of the project. Tesla will challenge OSHA’s findings regarding the safety conditions that were present at the time of GA4 construction.”