Last week it was reported that at least 600 unreported workplace accidents have occurred at the company since 2014.
Three members of the House of Representatives of the US Congress are urging an investigation into the security of the work of the aerospace company SpaceX, which belongs to billionaire Elon Musk, Reuters reported on Saturday.
Last week it was reported that at least 600 unreported workplace accidents have occurred at the company since 2014, amid Musk’s fast-paced race to colonize Mars.
Democrat Zoe Logfren, a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said the report’s findings were “very troubling and should be taken seriously.” In addition, Democratic Congressman Mark Takano, a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, called SpaceX’s violations of working conditions “unacceptable.” “Accountability on the part of those injured is pending, especially in light of the federal government’s association with the company,” he said.
Another Democratic congressman, Donald Norcross, said the report’s findings were “alarming” and represented a “cause for concern.” “Obviously we have to look closely and continue to investigate the facts,” he said.
Meanwhile, SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment, while NASA reacted by saying that they have the option of imposing contract conditions to require the company to have “a stable and effective program and safety culture.”
For her part, Lori Garver, a former NASA official responsible for relations with SpaceX, also said that the high rate of damage to the company’s facilities should be investigated to determine the reasons. “This should get NASA’s attention,” he said, adding that SpaceX’s injury rate should not be much higher than other companies.