July 4, 2022
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Tesla has been recently fined with $29,365 for violating California labor laws in the parking lot tent where Model 3s are assembled. California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has confirmed that Tesla has violated six regulations from between June and December 2018 according to  the reports of Business Insider.

According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Tesla failed to obtain a permit before building the tent, and failed to inspect it for potential safety hazards. The company also failed to cover a hole in the floor that measured 22 inches wide, 14 inches long, and eight inches deep. Tesla also did not properly train employees on evacuation procedures in the tent, or on how to prevent and respond to heat illness. Lastly, the tent featured exposed metal rods and re-bar.

Laurie Shelby, Tesla’s vice president of environmental, health, and safety, says in a statement that the company will challenge Cal-OSHA’s findings.

“Nothing is more important to me or to Tesla than the health and well-being of our employees,” Shelby says. She also claims that the inspections were not a result of any incident or injury, and that Cal-OSHA performed them while the tent was still under construction. “My EHS team and operational leaders have been intently focused on [the tent assembly line] over the past six months, implementing safety protocols throughout the new line that not only keep Tesla in compliance with existing standards but also reduce risks to associates.”

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“Nothing is more important to me or to Tesla than the health and well-being of our employees,” Shelby says. She also claims that the inspections were not a result of any incident or injury, and that Cal-OSHA performed them while the tent was still under construction. “My EHS team and operational leaders have been intently focused on [the tent assembly line] over the past six months, implementing safety protocols throughout the new line that not only keep Tesla in compliance with existing standards but also reduce risks to associates.”

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