Elon Musk is one of the most well-known tycoons in the world and owns several companies spanning various sectors of great significance. In the automotive industry, he has Tesla, famous for its electric vehicles with autonomous driving capabilities, as well as accidents and vehicle failures. Not only do the cars face issues, but it now appears that Tesla workers are suffering injuries caused by robots and explosions at the Texas factory.
Tesla began as a truly innovative company with autonomous driving technology that garnered much interest. However, over time, other brands announced their alternatives and autonomous driving systems, resulting in competition in this area. Nevertheless, vehicles like the Tesla Cybertruck have been eagerly anticipated for years, and Musk finally announced that they would soon go on sale. However, as we saw last week, those who attempt to resell their Cybertruck will face fines and other consequences.
In 2022, 1 in 21 Tesla factory workers in Texas has suffered injuries
As Tesla prepares to deliver the first Cybertrucks to customers, reports emerge of things not going well within the company. Specifically, there have been reports of incidents occurring at the Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. Notably, 1 in 21 workers has been injured throughout 2022. Among the injured workers, there are various cases, such as an allegedly turned-off robot arm that grabbed a Tesla worker and immobilized him against the wall while performing its scheduled tasks.
One witness indicates that the worker captured by the robot was bleeding from his arms and back. It wasn’t until someone pressed the emergency stop button that the worker was released, falling into a duct and leaving a trail of blood worthy of a movie. Meanwhile, the injury report filed shows an incident involving a robot, but it doesn’t match the account.
Incidents range from robots, explosions, and worker mishaps
Continuing with other worker injuries, there have been reports of a Tesla employee’s ankle becoming trapped under a cart, leaving him unable to work for 127 days. An even worse case involves a worker who sustained a traumatic brain injury, resulting in nearly three months of medical leave. As seen, there have been various types of worker injuries, including those involving robots, and now an explosion must be mentioned. This apparent explosion occurred when water was mixed with the molten aluminum pressing machine, leading to an explosion that left a worker with a concussion.
Accidents continue, as in June, workers installing metal grates on elevated walkways fell to the ground with part of the walkway on top of them, resulting in fractures and a punctured lung. Considering that the Texas Gigafactory opened in April 2022, this is a substantial number of incidents to occur within a year and a half. In addition to the dangerous nature of the work, employees report that it is demanding, involving long working hours.
This story was first reported on El Chapuzas Informático, covering Tesla workers’ injuries, explosions, and out-of-control robots at the Texas factory.