From 2014 to 2018, Tesla was issued a total of 54 OSHA violations. This is three times higher than all the OSHA violations combined that were issued to all the other top 10 auto plants in the U.S. Nissan came in second with five violations, followed by Toyota and Ford with four violations. North Carolina residents may wonder why Tesla's number is so high.
It may have something to do with the fact that Tesla hires the most individuals and contractors of all the top 10 auto plants: 15,000 employees in all. BMW comes in second with 11,000 employees, yet BMW received no OSHA violations between 2014 and 2018, followed by the 8,000 or so employees at Nissan and Toyota. At the same time, Tesla ranks seventh in terms of estimated production capacity.
The 54 OSHA violations resulted in $236,730 worth of fines. Compared to this, Nissan's five violations resulted in $33,700 in fines. BMW, Honda, Hyundai, GM and Subaru were not issued violations.
Tesla has been cutting costs in order to develop its premium sedan, the Model 3, and the "production hell" that resulted may have influenced matters. Twelve OSHA violations, with at least six others currently unlisted on OSHA's database, were issued in 2018 alone. Tesla's CEO has called OSHA's California branch stringent, so this may be another factor.
Employers can endanger worker safety by cutting costs, but there is a way for injured workers to be reimbursed for their medical expenses. This is by filing a work injury claim. The workers' compensation program may even cover a portion of the wages that workers lose during their physical recovery. To be eligible, victims are not required to show that anyone was at fault. Still, it might be a good idea to hire a lawyer, especially for an appeal.