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Safety culture and leadership 29 March 2019

After a spike in workplace injuries at a Tesla electric car plant in 2017, Elon Musk issued an email to staff which read as follows: "No words can express how much I care about your safety and well-being. It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful. Going forward, I’ve asked that every injury be reported directly to me, without exception… I would like to meet every injured person."...

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NASA to launch review of SpaceX and Boeing safety culture 22 February 2019

According to Reuters, NASA has started its review into the safety culture of the two companies it has hired to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, SpaceX and Boeing. The months-long assessment will involve hundreds of interviews designed to evaluate the culture of the workplaces and ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety....

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NASA robot explodes after lithium-ion battery failure 31 October 2016

A NASA mobile robot, RoboSimian, built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a hazardous area recovery system, exploded earlier this year due to a faulty lithium-ion battery. During the charging process, the battery began to overheat and was caught on camera venting smoke before exploding and catching fire....

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NASA issues report on Orbital Sciences Antares rocket launch failure 04 November 2015

A NASA report into the October 2014 loss of an Antares rocket shortly after liftoff, released by the agency on October 29, concluded there was an explosion in the liquid oxygen turbopump in one of the two engines in the first stage about 15 seconds after ignition. The vehicle lost thrust and crashed to the ground near its launch pad at the Wallops Island facility in Virginia....