Cal/OSHA Reportedly Investigating Tesla Over Factory Safety

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On Friday, Musk acknowledged for the first time that he had relied too much on automation in the Model 3 assembly line, a stunning concession from Tesla's CEO who has earlier scoffed at competitors' manufacturing prowess and boasted about creating an "Alien Dreadnought" within the Fremont factory by this year.

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has officially opened an investigation into the company in light of a recent report about working conditions at its auto factory in Fremont. "Cal/OSHA takes seriously reports of workplace hazards and allegations of employers' underreporting recordable work-related injuries and illnesses", the agency said in a statement.

Cal/OSHA responded to these complaints by opening an investigation.

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One worker, Tarik Logan, began experiencing intense headaches from the fumes of a glue he was using at the plant - pain which lasted for weeks.

"Cal-OSHA is required to investigate any claims that are made, regardless of whether they have merit or are baseless (as we believe these are), and we always provide our full cooperation", said a Tesla spokesperson.

"We have never in the entire history of our company received a violation for inaccurate or incomplete injury record-keeping", said Tesla, adding that its injury rate at the Freemont factory was lower than when Toyota Motor Corp and General Motors owned it.

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This means Tesla will have to hire more human workers to fix production inefficiencies, making the current probe all the more pressing for the company.

According to a BBC report on Thursday, Musk wrote an email to his staff that also suggested a crackdown on expenditure.

Musk was firm in his request for high standards at the plant: "All contracting companies should consider the coming week to be a final opportunity to demonstrate excellence".

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Tesla is trying to meet a target of producing 6,000 Model 3 vehicles a week by the end of June.