Tesla is making an attempt to guarantee its 55,000 workers that there hasn’t been an enormous coronavirus outbreak at firm services worldwide, regardless of a report by an electrical car business web site that over 130 Tesla workers or contractors have examined constructive. In an e mail to staff Wednesday night time, the corporate stated that since January it has had fewer than 10 circumstances of the virus that causes COVID-19 that had been transmitted within the office.
But the e-mail from Laurie Shelby, Tesla’s vice chairman of environmental, security and well being, additionally confirmed studies that Tesla is wanting into greater than 130 constructive exams amongst workers, together with those that contracted the virus outdoors of Tesla services. She stated lower than 0.25 % of workers worldwide have examined constructive for the novel coronavirus, which equals simply over 137 staff.
Her message got here in response to a report by Electrek.co that over 130 Tesla workers or contractors have examined constructive, and a whole bunch extra are ready for check outcomes. The web site stated it based mostly the report on inner firm knowledge.
Shelby wrote that the story referred to knowledge “that was in the process of being validated” and included workers worldwide who might have been contaminated however by no means entered a Tesla web site, or had been contaminated at house whereas Tesla’s operations had been shut down earlier within the yr. A Tesla spokesman wouldn’t touch upon the report or the e-mail, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
“Nearly all — more than 99.99 percent — of these occurrences were not cases of virus transmitted at work,” Shelby wrote within the e mail. “Most of the constructive circumstances resulted from a person dwelling with or touring with somebody with COVID-19 and have returned to work after recovering from house.”
Shelby wrote that Tesla would not have any workers in severe situation wherever on this planet due to COVID-19.
A message was left Thursday searching for touch upon the numbers from the general public well being division in Alameda County, California, which incorporates Fremont, the situation of Tesla’s solely US meeting plant. The manufacturing unit employs about 10,000 staff.
Some staff have refused to return to the plant out of concern of catching the virus. They did so after CEO Elon Musk in May defied Health Department orders not to restart manufacturing beneath shutdown orders due to the virus.
Some Tesla staff and labour activists say the corporate is threatening to hearth workers who have not returned, however Tesla officers have stated claims about firings will not be true. Workers say they’ve heard about COVID-19 circumstances on the plant however they do not know numbers. They have known as on the corporate and well being division to launch the figures.
However, Shelby wrote within the e mail that an worker survey discovered the overwhelming majority of staff really feel comfy with the protection measures being taken by the corporate.
Among the measures are elevated cleansing, limiting entry to services, temperature checks for workers earlier than they enter buildings, staggered shifts to hold staff aside, extra boundaries between workers, and offering protecting tools, Shelby wrote.
She urged staff to put on masks or face coverings to keep wholesome and save lives and warned that failing to put on masks the place required, or not sporting them correctly, will convey disciplinary actions. She additionally wrote that staff ought to keep house in the event that they’re sick.
Musk reopened the Fremont plant May 11 in defiance of county orders. The well being division had deemed the manufacturing unit a nonessential enterprise that may’t absolutely open beneath virus restrictions, however Tesla contended it was important beneath federal tips.
The subsequent day, nevertheless, the Health Department introduced that the plant may return to manufacturing so long as it delivers on employee security precautions that it agreed to.