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Rivian Employees Say Rapid Production Led to Injuries, Safety Oversights in Illinois Plant

  • Employees describe crushed and broken limbs, faulty sensors
  • Rivian said it has spent millions on safety, disputes claims
Workers at the Rivian R1T manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois. 

Workers at the Rivian R1T manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois. 

Photographer: Jamie Kelter Davis/Bloomberg
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At least a dozen employees at Rivian Automotive Inc. have accused the electric-vehicle maker of safety violations at its Illinois plant, according to complaints filed with federal regulators. 

The complaints allege the company ignored known hazards and deprioritized safety resources, leaving some workers to share respirators needed during the manufacturing process. They also detail a range of injuries, including a crushed hand, a broken foot, a sliced ear and broken ribs. One Rivian employee said management fished damaged electrical cables out of the garbage and told employees to use them.