A larger workforce of course means there are more chances for injuries. Over a five-year period, 10 individual plants run by BMW, Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Honda, GM, Hyundai, Subaru, Kia and Mercedes-Benz employing 57,845 workers and total capacity of 4,329,500 vehicles racked up 18 violations and $89,539 in fines. Tesla, meanwhile, had 54 violations and $236,730 in fines. Tesla employs about 15,000 workers in Fremont and has a total capacity of about 500,000 vehicles.
The report says that violations range from failing to report incidents in a timely manner to an incident where a rear hatch failed, falling on a worker and breaking his pelvis. The tent that was erected last year to help speed up Model 3 production led to six violations and $29,365 in fines. The number of serious injuries — those that require workers to take time off to recover — has dropped, but Tesla still had 18 total violations last year, the most in the company's history.
In 2017, Tesla's number of recordable incidents, a different metric than OSHA violations, was lower by about half than the average number of incidents at the same factory when it was run by Toyota and GM.
It's still not a good look for a company that's had several issues with labor in the past, but we expect things to improve in the future.