Worker in Elon Musks Tesla gigafactory says he fears he will die there

A Tesla construction worker feared they might die working on Elon Musk’s gigafactory in Austin, Texas, USA, due to poor conditions.

Workers have come together to allege that they have not been paid properly for work done and that working conditions were unsafe.

The workers are filing the complaint, which claims that some people are waiting for payment almost a year after it was due, for their part in making the massive 25,000-acre factory.

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According to a report first published in theGuardian, they say they weren’t required by subcontractors to be fully briefed on health and safety elements.

One worker allegedly told his wife: “I'm going to die in this factory”.

Workers filed the complaint to the federal Department of Labour on Tuesday (November 15) after whistleblowers came forward to disclose the alleged conditions they faced while they worked at the plant.

One claimed that an unnamed subcontractor used credentials that were falsified rather than giving workers the necessary training for the job.

A worker who asked to remain anonymous said: “Nobody deserves what happened in the gigafactory to happen to them, or their family members, or whomever”.

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He added: “I don’t think it was humane.”

Other workers said they didn’t get overtime compensation and others weren’t paid at all.

Ground for the project was broken in 2020 as Tesla boss Elon Musk sought to build a central spot for the company’s manufacturing in the USA.

The truly enormous project was built at the Colorado River in Austin and contains 10 million square feet of space.

The unidentified source added:” Every day, there was a safety issue”.

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Speaking to the Guardian, David Chincanchan, Workers Defense Project’s policy director, said: “Everything that we’re seeing is complicated by the fact that there isn’t a whole lot of transparency or accountability because they decided not to include that independent monitoring piece”.

He told the outlet that his workers were asked to work on a metal roof at night with no lights.

The complaint is being filed at the Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Daily Star has approached Tesla for comment.


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