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"In 2014, Tesla's total recordable incident rate (TRIR) was 8.4/100 workers, which was 15% higher than the industry average of 7.3 that year
In 2015, Tesla's TRIR was 8.8.100 workers, which was 31% higher than the industry average of 6.7 that year."…
"In 2014, Tesla had a DART rate of 7.1 injuries per 100 workers, which was 69% higher than the industry average of 4.2 that year.

In 2015, Tesla had a DART rate of 7.9 injuries per 100 workers, which was 103% higher than the industry average of 3.9 that year."
~But that's from forever ago!~

"For 2016, Worksafe did compile Tesla's TRIR (8.1) and DART (7.3), however, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has yet to release industry-wide averages for last year."
It takes what is formally known as a long-ass time to compile industrial accident stats. Especially when the White House is actively interfering with that data collection process. (More on this below.)

So the stats lag by a couple years. This is as good as we're gonna get.
But it's pretty clear Tesla spent years with significantly above-average accident rates for their industry & didn't improve it during that time.

That alone tells you a lot about the company leadership's priorities. They don't fix safety problems if someone's not forcing them to.
Tesla's new VP of Health & Safety went onto the (AMAZING) podcast Pre Accident Investigation in April 2018 and talked about uhhhhhh what Silicon Valley *thinks* you're supposed to do about safety.…
She talked a lot about how committed they are to safety and how it's super important to them and we love our employees and

barely anything of substance that Tesla is actually DOING, at all, as a company to address their crap safety record.
I've worked w tech co's to help them figure out how to do safety. And this podcast was a classic example of Silicon Valley "startup that doesn't want to get its shit together" PR bloviating.

Do nothing. Hire someone to apologize for you. While you do nothing.
Talk a lot about your company's ~feelings.~ Say nothing about what you're actually doing, bc you could actually be held accountable for that.
Y'all. If I have a client that talks about safety like this, I drop their ass like a hot potato. I've done it before & I'll do it again.

Companies like that aren't just a risk to their workers, they're a liability risk to me as a consultant. Nope. Bye.
And I don't blame the VP. I've seen this happen up close so many times. Hire someone for "trust & safety," give them no meaningful authority, then actually use them for PR.

Tesla's current "safety fix" is textbook SiV bullshit.
Oh, and there's also this. Another investigation as of April 2018. All signs we have are that problems are still ongoing.

Now, onto the current administration's role in making it harder to Google up safety data to feed Twitter beefs.

The info we have on Tesla's workplace accidents comes from the OSHA Form 300. It's a pretty basic log on what happened, when, to whom, etc.…
The Trump admin repealed the Volk rule over a year ago.

This means they they basically told employers "go ahead and just stop keeping records of your industrial accidents, we don't care."…
From 2017 onwards, there'll be no way to know:

• How many accidents companies like Tesla are actually having, and

• How that compares with industrial averages

This one decision effectively swept problem companies under the rug.
So. Something to think about if the 2017 stats come out and Tesla's safety record has magically improved.
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