(Photo : GettlyImages/ SOPA Images ) Blue OriginBlue Origin is embroiled in another controversy as 21 employees claimed that the company had ignored safety concerns because it is focused on getting ahead in the space race.
The employees, including the firm’s former head of employee communications, also accused the company of having a toxic environment.
According to BBC, aside from reports of sexual harassment, a while blower claims that Blue Origin also has safety issues.
The whistleblower stated that the space firm ignored safety concerns because it wanted to win the space race against other billionaires.
After the report was released, Blue Origin denied all claims and said it has a solid safety record. However, the whistleblower stated that more than 1,000 reports regarding the engines that power the rockers have never been investigated and addressed.
Brinkwire News: Blue Origin vs. Virgin Galactic: Differences of New Shepard and Unity-22 Spacecrafts from Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson
A Blue Origin spokesperson said that the company gives numerous avenues for its employees, including an anonymous hotline that is available 24/7. They will investigate all new claims of misconduct and ignore the safety protocol.
The spokesperson added that the company has no tolerance for discrimination or harassment in the workplace.
The employees, led by Alexandra Abrams, Blue Origin’s former head of internal communications, wrote a letter revealing the workplace environment in the company and sent it to the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority or FFA before Lioness published it on Sept. 30.
Raising concerns over the standards of the firm’s rocket, New Shepard, which Jeff Bezos used to travel into space back in July, the writers stated that engineers who signed on to the essay said that they are lucky nothing happened to the rocket so far due to its poor condition.
The letter also stated that the company has never addressed more than 1,000 reports of issues connected to the rocket’s engines.
A lot of Blue Origin employees said that they would not fly on the rocket.
The FAA regulates rocket launches in the United States and said that they take all safety allegations seriously, and they are now reviewing the information that was sent to them.
Sexism and Harassment
Aside from the safety concerns, the employees also claimed that Blue Origin’s management has a particular brand of sexism as numerous senior staff members. Brinkwire Summary News.