A new report from Reveal alleges that Tesla has underreported workplace injuries at the Fremont factory.
In February, Tesla highlighted its efforts to improve worker safety at the Fremont, California, factory where it builds its vehicles. Laurie Shelby — Tesla's vice president of environmental, health, and safety — wrote that the company's total recordable incident rate (TRIR), had fallen 25% since 2016 and was aligned with the industry average. Shelby also outlined the steps the company had taken in an effort to better manage and prevent workplace injuries.
But a new report from Reveal alleges that the company has underreported workplace injuries at the Fremont factory and that working conditions at the facility are not as safe as Tesla has claimed. Reveal reportedly spoke with over three dozen current and former Tesla employees and reviewed hundreds of pages of documents, including internal records and correspondence related to injury reporting.
Here's an overview of the report's claims. You can read the full report on Reveal here.
On Monday, Tesla responded to the report in a blog post, calling it "a completely false picture of Tesla and what it is actually like to work here," and claimed it was "an ideologically motivated attack by an extremist organization working directly with union supporters to create a calculated disinformation campaign against Tesla."
The post denied that Tesla didn't accurately track or report injuries, has avoided using the color yellow in the Fremont factory, hasn't improved safety at Fremont, and hasn't given employees proper training.
"This is not to say that there aren’t real issues that need to be dealt with at Tesla or that we’ve made no mistakes with any of the 37,000 people who work at our company," Tesla said. "However, there should be absolutely no question that we care deeply about the well-being of our employees and that we try our absolute hardest to do the right thing and to fail less often. With each passing month, we improve safety further and will keep doing so until we have the safest factory in the world by far. We welcome any suggestions that might help achieve that goal."
You can read Tesla's full response here.
Business Insider spoke to Tesla employees in 2017 about working conditions at the Fremont factory. You can read our report here.