Hiding Injuries at Tesla: Where The Worker Still Doesn’t Matter.

Under-recording of workplace injuries and illnesses is bad, and far too common. But at the automaker Tesla, in Fremont, California,  under-recording is more than a paper exercise in deception — at Tesla it means withholding needed medical treatment of injured workers so that their injuries aren’t report on OSHA logs. We wrote previously about reports…

Tesla’s Recordkeeping Violations Show How Repeal of OSHA’s Volks Rule Hurts Workers

One of the first actions of the Republican Congress after Trump’s election was to repeal OSHA’s recently issued “Volks Rule” that allowed the agency to cite companies for continuing failure to accurately record injuries and illnesses. Now an article by Will Evans at Reveal shows how real workers are suffering because of automaker Tesla’s failure…

Production Over Safety at Tesla: “People are getting hurt every day”

Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX and Tesla is a seriously strange and driven guy. Sometimes that can be amusing if the strange guy is your next door neighbor or crazy uncle. But when he owns a major car company, it can result in workers getting hurt or killed. Last May we wrote about a report…

Tesla: Futuristic Cars, Same Old Worker Injuries

Tesla may make shiny, new, innovative, futuristic American automobiles, but the relentless pace at which it pushes its workers is producing the same old, tired, painful, debilitating and disabling injuries that we’ve always seen in the auto industry. I take that back. Not the “same” injuries, but more of the same injuries. Worksafe, a California-based organization…

Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

OSHA: The Incredible Shrinking Agency: The number of OSHA inspectors has hit an all-time low according to data compiled by Bloomberg Environment Reporter Bruce Rolfsen. “The agency ended fiscal 2018 with 753 inspectors, compared to 860 at end of fiscal 2014, the personnel data, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show.” And that…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

“They Treat Us Like Mules”: “They will break you down and then throw you away.” That’s what construction worker Ernesto Rivera told the Mike Elk at the Guardian about how construction workers are treated in Tennessee. Nashville is booming, but workers are paying the price.”In 2016 and 2017, 16 workers were killed on construction sites in…

Events For Those in Washington DC

A photo book release and a day-long journalist-research symposium LIFE’S WORK, A Fifty Year Photographic Chronicle of Working in the U.S.A by Earl Dotter Famed labor photographer Earl Dotter will launch his new retrospective book and exhibit of : LIFE’S WORK, A Fifty Year Photographic Chronicle of Working in the U.S.A. on Thursday, September 13th, from 4:30…