Electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive Inc. has found itself in hot water after at least a dozen employees at its Normal, Illinois plant accused the company of safety violations. The complaints, which were filed with federal regulators, were also filed in conjunction with the United Auto Workers (UAW), which has been trying to unionize the facility over the past year.
According to the complaints, the EV maker reportedly failed to address known hazards and placed a low priority on safety in the plant. This reportedly resulted in some employees sharing respirators used in the manufacturing process. One Rivian employee even claimed that management had fished damaged electrical cables out of the garbage bin and instructed employees to utilize them.
The complaint further described a variety of injuries that the plant’s workers have reportedly experienced, such as wounds, rib fractures, a shattered foot, a slit ear, and a crushed hand. Overall, the findings painted a picture of a carmaker that made compromises in safety while scaling up quickly to keep pace with the cutthroat EV market. Some workers also noted that a number of safety protocols ended up fading as production demands increased.
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