In 2018, California’s Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) investigated claims that the Tesla auto manufacturing factory in Fremont was hazardous for workers there. This has prompted many workers, advocates, and agencies to consider – at large – are auto factories in California safe for workers?
In 2017, there were 3,400 nonfatal injuries in the transportation manufacturing industry. The incidence rate is higher than among most manufacturing industries. That accounts for 6.7 injuries among every 100 workers. The average for all industries is 3.3 injuries per 100 workers.
But does that mean that factories are unsafe? The auto manufacturing industry has some inherent dangers that account for some of the higher average. The dangers of working in an auto factory include:
- Poorly maintained machinery or equipment
- Exposure to chemicals
- Fire hazards
- Insufficient first-aid equipment
- Unrestricted access to areas of the factory that are unsafe
These hazards can result in injuries, such as:
- Sprains or strains
- Herniated discs
- Toxic exposure
- Contact with object injuries
- Fires or explosions
These injuries cause millions of injuries each year. Many of these injuries have long-term impacts, or can even result in permanent disability.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are among the agencies working to improve safety for auto factory workers. Environmental responsibilities are said to be a public health and welfare issue, and that seems to include workers in the industry.
Injured While Working in an Auto Factory?
If you have been injured while working in an auto factory, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Find out what sort of coverage you are entitled to by contact Henderson Work Injury Law Corp. today.