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Friday May 19, 2017

Tesla Factory Workers Reveal Pain, Injury, and Stress

Reports of Tesla’s poor factory conditions are ramping up again. Musk has defended himself by saying that safety records are seeing improvement but admits that his workers are having a difficult time. He also notes that his company is a money-losing one despite its high value, suggesting that certain sacrifices need to be made. Some of the allegations include mandatory overtime, high rates of injury, and low wages.

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Musk’s account of the company’s approach differs from that of the 15 current and former factory workers who told the Guardian of a culture of long hours under intense pressure, sometimes through pain and injury, in order to fulfill the CEO’s ambitious production goals. "I’ve seen people pass out, hit the floor like a pancake and smash their face open," said Jonathan Galescu, a production technician at Tesla. "They just send us to work around him while he’s still lying on the floor." He was one of several workers who said they had seen co-workers collapse or be taken away in ambulances.

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