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Elon Musk’s Dumb Tunnel Challenge Has Been Cited For Alleged Office Violations: Report 

Photograph: Elon Musk by way of Twitter

Elon Musk’s Boring Firm, the Tesla CEO’s “absurd” aspect challenge to alleviate congestion that has an exceedingly slim likelihood of reaching simply that, has already been cited by the California Division of Occupational Security and Well being for alleged office violations, in accordance with a report from LA Weekly.

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Elon Musk's Tunnel Challenge Is 'A Fully Absurd Pipe Dream', Authorities Appropriately Concludes

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Dennis Romero of the Weekly has produced a few of the most level-headed reporting on the tunnel challenge, versus the oftentimes breathless protection of Elon And His Tunnel.


In a report that captures how restricted of a scope the Los Angeles challenge really has, Romero got here throughout various violations filed towards the corporate by CAL/OSHA.

Right here’s extra from the report:

Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas says town has given the Boring Firm permission to tunnel “beneath Hawthorne Boulevard.” Solely 950 ft price of tunneling has been authorized by state officers. Compared, a mile equals 5280 ft. The California Division of Occupational Security and Well being (Cal/OSHA) considers the so-called check tunnel is an extension, by 550 ft, of an current pedestrian tunnel beforehand authorized, in accordance with spokesman Frank Polizzi.

A scheduled inspection by Cal/OSHA turned up just a few alleged office violations on the Boring Firm tunnel at 12300 three/four Crenshaw Boulevard, together with what the company described as insufficient hand washing amenities, hazardous cranes or derricks, insufficient stair rails or handrails, insufficient labeling of doubtless hazardous substances, and insufficient posting of an emergency plan, in accordance with Cal/OSHA paperwork dated final month.

Insufficient hand washing amenities and handrails apart, it’s price stressing that tunneling, even on the scope Musk envisions, gained’t really scale back site visitors. It’s a silly endeavor, and Musk elsewhere has been taken to job for projecting grandiose tunnel claims that quantity to a swell of sizzling air.

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In July, Musk publicly mentioned he had obtained “verbal govt approval” for the Boring Firm to dig on the east coast for a brand new Hyperloop system, a type of transportation that doesn’t exist outdoors of minor testing initiatives. On Monday, the White Home official who gave Musk the alleged approval, clarified what he meant:

White Home Advisor Reed Cordish mentioned right now he wasn’t really providing authorities approval to Elon Musk after they mentioned Boring Firm plans to attach New York and Washington, D.C. with an underground Hyperloop tunnel.

Musk made waves when he tweeted that he’d obtained “verbal approval.” “I feel what you heard was verbal authorities pleasure,” Cordish mentioned he instructed Musk, as he recounted whereas talking at an Web Affiliation occasion in San Francisco.

I didn’t suppose you could possibly provide up a extra irrelevant assertion than “verbal authorities approval,” which doesn’t imply something, however “verbal authorities pleasure” definitely outdoes it.


A Boring Firm declined to touch upon the alleged violations, when reached by LA Weekly. We requested for remark, too, and if we hear again, we’ll replace this publish.

Replace (12:05 p.m.): A Boring Firm spokesperson despatched alongside the next assertion:

A number of months in the past, The Boring Firm was cited by CalOSHA for a handful of things. All objects have been labeled as “Normal” and “Non-serious”, the least vital of all CalOSHA citations. All objects, apart from one, have been mounted the identical day, with that one merchandise being mounted the following day. Not one of the objects referred to any motion within the precise tunnel, and have been all floor or shaft observations.

Security is our prime precedence. Now we have a CalOSHA licensed security inspector and fuel tester on website always, and our procedures meet, and usually exceed CalOSHA requirements and rules. We’re additionally advancing tunneling know-how as a way to make it safer, together with the automation of most tunneling duties and the alternative of cranes with elevators.

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