Tesla maintains positive safety records in factories taking care of the safety of employees in production. The numbers remain strong as the company pays more attention to this amid a production volume increase.
Workplace safety is a very important metric for any manufacturer and Tesla continues to improve in this direction. As the company continues to ramp up production, Tesla has increased its focus on maintaining a positive safety record. The manufacturer continues to review its safety data to identify emerging risks, comparable events for innovative solutions, and better understand how it can systematically improve in the highest risk areas to keep its people, the planet, its products, and property safe.
In its 2021 Impact Report, Tesla stated that this will be the last time it will provide recordable injuries per car produced, which covers all injuries and illnesses, regardless of their severity or attitude to work. Instead, the manufacturer will use the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard E2920-19. According to the report, ASTM better represents the company's global reach and highlights major injuries and illnesses more clearly, allowing it to focus on prevention and mitigation for its highest-risk activities.
In 2021, there were 2.9 injuries for every 1,000 vehicles produced. This is a 14% improvement over 2020, when there were 3.3 injuries for every 1,000 vehicles produced. As the chart below shows, Tesla has improved over the years by creating a safe working environment for its employees.
Although Tesla's production facilities have expanded to Giga Shanghai, Giga Berlin, and Giga Texas, only Fremont produces the entire line of vehicles that is available on the market today. The company said the Fremont Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate has remained below the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) average for automobile manufacturing for the previous three years and continues to drive performance through the integration of safety in design and the verification and validation of safeguards.
While Tesla continues to track and report Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics for its US manufacturing sites, in 2020 the company has moved to ASTM E2920-19 as its global metric. Other automakers have not yet adopted this standard, so Tesla made comparisons with other manufacturing and service industries. The company made this change in response to studies indicating the statistical inconsistency of previous measures (Total Recordable Injury Rate [TRIR]) as measures of safety outcomes.
Tesla continues to focus its prevention and mitigation efforts on the highest-risk areas across all business lines and is accelerating its strategies to ensure that essential security measures are in place and functioning.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.