Tesla CEO Elon Musk told employees he wants direct reports about factory injuries in an email to employees last Wednesday.
The email was sent a few days after a report surfaced showing that injury rates at the company’s Fremont manufacturing facility were higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015. Worksafe, a California-based worker advocacy group, compiled the report after being contacted by the United Auto Workers, which is agitating for a union at Tesla’s Fremont factory.
“No words can express how much I care about your safety and wellbeing,” Musk wrote in the email, which has been circulating on Reddit. “It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful.”
Musk then said he wants direct reports about every injury, without exception, going forward. He also plans to spend time on the assembly line.
The email takes a softer tone than Musk’s previous stance on injury allegations at the Fremont plant. In a February email to employees, Musk called the claims “disingenuous or outright false.”
Read the email in full:
“No words can express how much I care about your safety and wellbeing. It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful.”
“Going forward, I’ve asked that every injury be reported directly to me, without exception. I’m meting with the safety team every week and would like to meet with every injured person as soon as they are well, so that I can understand from them exactly what we need to do to make it better. I will then go down to the production line and perform the same task that they perform.”
“This is what all managers at Tesla should do as a matter of course. At Tesla, we lead from the front line, not from some safe and comfortable ivory tower. Managers must always put their team’s safety above their own.”
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