According to the worker, six people from his eight-strong team had taken sick leave at the same time due to work-related accidents.
Moran wrote: "Preventable injuries happen often. In addition to long working hours, machinery is often not ergonomically compatible with our bodies. There is too much twisting and turning and extra physical movement to do jobs that could be simplified if workers' input were welcomed. Add a shortage of manpower and a constant push to work faster to meet production goals, and injuries are bound to happen."
He revealed that he and some of his coworkers were talking about forming a union and had contacted the labour union United Auto Workers (UAW) for support.
Musk addressed the allegations in an email to all employees, in which he said he was "particularly troubled" by the claim that 75% of Moran's team was on sick leave at one time.
The CEO wrote: "Obviously, this cannot be true: if three quarters of his team suddenly went on medical leave, we would not be able to operate that part of the factory. After looking into this claim, not only was it untrue for this individual's team, it was untrue for any of the hundreds of teams in the factory."
He said that, in a move to reduce excess overtime and improve safety, Tesla hired thousands more workers to create a third shift, holds regular safety meetings with operations leaders and has a department dedicated to preventing ergonomics injuries.
"Since the majority of the injuries in the factory are ergonomic in nature, we have an ergonomics department focused exclusively on this issue," he said. "The net result is that since January 1st, our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) is under 3.3, which is less than half the industry average of 6.7."
Musk added that he was "distraught" to learn about the efforts to unionise Tesla's workforce and is reported to have alleged that Moran actually works for UAW, which paid him to join the company and "agitate for a union". UAW has rubbished the accusation, calling it "fake news".
Updated statistics – which are released every six months – show that the average lump sum payment made through the scheme between April and September 2016 was around £141,000, up from £135,000 in 2015/16.The DWP describes the scheme as a “last resort” for those who contracted the disease due to negligent exposure to asbestos in the workplace on or after 25 July 2012, and are unable to claim compensation because the employer no longer exists and its insurer is untraceable.
The workplace fatality rate of 1.9 per 100,000 workers remained unchanged from 2015, according to the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Institute’s 2016 National Statistics Report. Sixty six people were killed at work in 2016 – the same number that was recorded in 2015. The number of confirmed occupational disease cases decreased last year, from 965 in 2015 to 732.
Cormac Gilligan, CMIOSH, is concerned about the millennial generation. Specifically, about how to hold on to the brightest and the best of those who reached adulthood since 2000.“It’s the talent conundrum that we generally have in our field,” he says, “how to engage the millennials – the oldest of them are entering their mid-30s now.”
The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) jointly developed the five-day course, entitled NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management.The pilot project started this month (February). The course will be assessed by a multiple-choice exam, the first of which is scheduled to take place in May.
The worker was unloading wooden furniture frames at a DFS upholstery site on 2 July 2015 when an unsecured piece of furniture fell and struck him. The impact knocked him unconscious and he sustained serious head and neck injuries, Derby Magistrates’ Court was told. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found the company did not manage the risks associated with moving heavy loads between manufacturing locations. It failed to ensure the work was supervised, despite reports of several near-misses from unsecured loads.