San Francisco. As Elon Musk prepares to deliver the first Cybertruck to customers, it is reported that employees have been injured in an explosion at Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory.
Notably, worker injuries and safety lapses are common at Tesla’s massive Texas factory, where the Cybertruck is being manufactured.
According to information reported by Tesla to OSHA in the US, one in every 21 workers was injured in 2022.
In 2021, an engineer is programming software that controls manufacturing robots at Tesla’s Texas factory when something goes wrong. The report quoted people claiming that one of the robots slammed into the engineer, sinking its claws into his body and causing serious wounds to his back and arm.
“After another worker pressed the emergency stop button, the engineer came out of the robot’s grasp,” the report said, adding that one of the witnesses said.
A report submitted by Tesla to Travis County, Texas purportedly involved the robot, but apparently does not match eyewitness accounts.
In August 2022, a worker was injured. Another suffered head injuries.
An employee was rendered unconscious by the explosion around New Year 2023. The explosion was reportedly caused by water inadvertently entering the molten aluminum press machine.
Tesla’s Fremont factory in California has a similar history of worker injuries.
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