Tesla’s Giga Texas , Engineer Attacked in Robot Malfunction
In a shocking incident at Tesla’s Giga Texas factory near Austin, a robot malfunction led to a brutal attack on a Tesla engineer. Witnesses were left horrified as the machine, designed for handling car parts, unexpectedly trapped the engineer who was programming software for disabled Tesla robots in the vicinity. The resulting injuries included metal claw punctures to the worker’s back and arm, leaving a distressing trail of blood across the factory floor and causing an ‘open wound’ on the engineer’s left hand. This alarming incident was disclosed in a 2021 injury report filed with Travis County and federal regulators.
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While Tesla reported no other robot-related injuries at the Texas factory in 2021 or 2022, concerns about the risks associated with automated robots in the workplace have been mounting for years. Instances of injuries at Amazon shipment centers, complications with killer droid-surgeons, self-driving car incidents, and even violence attributed to robotic chess instructors have raised questions about the rapid integration of such technology.
Tesla, mandated by law to submit injury reports to authorities for maintaining tax breaks in Texas, asserted that the engineer did not require time off work. However, an attorney representing Tesla’s Giga Texas contract workers, Hannah Alexander of the nonprofit Workers Defense Project, expressed skepticism. Alexander suggested that the number of injuries at the factory is likely underreported. Notably, this includes the death of a construction worker, Antelmo Ramírez, on September 28, 2021, which was allegedly not accurately reflected in Tesla’s reports. Ramírez succumbed to heat stroke while contributing to the construction of Tesla’s expansive 2,000-acre Giga Texas factory, according to the Travis County medical examiner’s report.
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Alexander cautioned against accepting Tesla’s reports at face value, emphasizing the need for a closer examination of workplace safety practices. As concerns about the integration of automated technology persist, the incident at Giga Texas underscores the importance of robust safety measures in workplaces embracing cutting-edge innovations