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Posted on: Jun 5, 2017
The Los Angeles Times' May 24 headline reads: "Tesla had worse safety records than slaughterhouses and sawmills."
One Tesla worker describes the cumulative trauma he suffered "pulling down a hanging drill three times a minute for 12 to 16 hours a day."
But DIR's silence has been the loudest response we've heard.
Maybe "CT" is short for "Chutzpa at Tesla."
Is it because whatever happens in the name of "tech" in California is treated differently than whatever happens in other industries?
The startling injury rates at Tesla were reported to DIR...yet so far only the United Auto Workers and nonprofit Worksafe have made any public comment.  Silence from DIR.
When you consider that Uber - another "tech" darling - continues to fight having its drivers covered by Workers' Compensation, the picture of a double standard comes into focus.
While U.S. Senator Mark Warner and the states of New York, New Jersey and Washington begin to push for Uber drivers having Workers' Comp, California's DIR offers no such proposal.
DIR's standard response to anything "new" is a "new study", but we're not even getting that.
The message is clear...if workers get injured in the "new" economy, they aren't protected by the "old" laws.