Elon Musk: ‘I Really Care’ About Worker Safety

Elon Musk told shareholders he wants reduce the number of workplace injuries at Tesla Inc.

“We owe a great debt to the people who are building our cars,” Tesla’s co-founder, chief executive officer, and chairman said at a shareholders meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., June 5. “I really care about this issue.”

Musk said the company’s injury rate is headed toward being half the rate of the industry average.

In April, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health opened a probe into the company’s worker safety conditions. Media reports have also outlined a slew of allegations of unsafe work conditions at the company’s Fremont plant.

“We’re not perfect but we pour our heart and soul into the product and we really care,” Musk said.

In addition, Musk said in the long-term, the company intends to focus on manufacturing technology that will improve automation and reduce repetitive stress injuries.

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