Tesla Agrees to $13M Settlement for 'Completely Disabled' Employee Struck by Mannequin S at Fremont Plant

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Tesla has settled an harm lawsuit with a former janitor who was left “completely disabled” in an accident on the firm’s Fremont, California manufacturing facility.

In keeping with a lawsuit filed on April 26 by Parris Regulation Agency, Teodora Tapia was an worker of Flagship Facility Providers, which was contracted to scrub Tesla’s Fremont plant as of August 2014. Throughout this month, Tapia was reportedly struck by a Mannequin S being pushed to a different a part of the manufacturing facility by Joseph Aguilar, whom Enterprise Insider studies was an worker of one other Tesla-contracted firm, West Valley Staffing Group.

Within the collision, Tapia sustained “severe and everlasting accidents to her decrease extremities and physique,” in response to her authorized illustration. These accidents allegedly left her “completely disabled.”

Tesla reportedly agreed to settle the swimsuit on Could 10 for the sum of $13 million, “the majority” of which might be paid by Aguilar’s employer, West Valley Staffing Group. The Drive contacted Tesla for affirmation of this declare and we are going to replace after we obtain remark.

“We care deeply concerning the security and well-being of everybody who works at Tesla’s services, whether or not they’re a contractor or Tesla worker,” a Tesla spokesperson advised Enterprise Insider. Tesla, nevertheless, has been cited by OSHA at a considerably greater charge than business opponents for unsafe practices inside its manufacturing services.

“Whereas Teodora won’t ever be the identical, this settlement will assist present for her ongoing care and the wants of her household,” commented Tapia’s consultant, Khail Parris of Parris Regulation Agency, in an announcement. “Tesla should take better look after its workers sooner or later, however we’re relieved our consumer will have the ability to look after herself for a few years to come back.”

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