A Tesla engineer was attacked by a robot during a malfunction at the Giga Texas factory near Austin.
Two other employees reportedly witnessed the horror attack as their fellow worker was attacked by the machine designed to grab and move freshly cast aluminum car parts.
According to Mail Online, the robot had pinned the man, who was programming software for two disabled Tesla robots nearby, before sinking its metal claws into the worker’s back and arm, leaving a ‘trail of blood’ along the factory surface.
The incident – which left the victim with an ‘open wound’ on his left hand – was revealed in a 2021 injury report filed to Travis County and federal regulators, which has been reviewed by DailyMail.
The incident comes amid years of heightened concerns over the risks of automated robots in the workplace.
Reports of increased injuries due to robotic coworkers at Amazon shipment centers, killer droid-surgeons, self-driving cars, and even violence from robotic chess instructors, have led some to question the integration of the new tech.
The injury report, which Tesla must submit to authorities by law to maintain its lucrative tax breaks in Texas, claimed the engineer did not require time off of work.
But one attorney who represents Tesla’s Giga Texas contract workers has told DailyMail.com she believes, based on her conversations with workers there, that the number of injuries suffered at the factory is going underreported.
This underreporting, the attorney said, even included the September 28, 2021 death of a construction worker, who had been contracted to help build the factory itself.
‘My advice would be to read that report with a grain of salt,’ the attorney, Hannah Alexander of the nonprofit Workers Defense Project, told DailyMail.
‘We’ve had multiple workers who were injured,’ Alexander said, ‘and one worker who died, whose injuries or death are not in these reports that Tesla is supposed to be accurately completing and submitting to the county in order to get tax incentives.’
That construction worker, a contractor named Antelmo Ramírez, died of heat stroke while helping build Tesla’s over 2,000-acre long Giga Texas factory, according to a report from the Travis County medical examiner.
Last year, the Workers Defense Project filed a complaint on behalf of workers at Giga Texas with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), alleging Tesla’s contractors and subcontractors gave some hires false safety certificates.
‘Workers report that when they needed training, they were simply sent PDF files or images of certificates through text or WhatsApp in a matter of days,’ Alexander told local NBC affiliate KXAN. ‘There’s no conceivable way workers could have even taken the training required.’