OSHA Cracking Down On Temp Worker AbusesBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 21, 2014 | In Workplace Injury
In a previous blog, the worker’s compensation attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Los Angeles reported that temporary workers were much more likely to get injured or killed on the job than their experienced full-time counterparts.
It seems that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been taking the growing evidence of temporary worker abuse seriously and is taking action against companies that violate workplace safety rules.
In June, OSHA cited five companies, including four staffing agencies, for alleged safety violations in the death of a temporary worker at an Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey. In June, the agency meted out a fine of $40,600 to California Cereal Products Inc., alleging that the cereal maker exposed both temporary and full-time workers to workplace hazards at its Georgia facility.
OSHA is still investigating the death of temporary worker who was working at a sugar plant in Pennsylvania. He was buried alive in sugar. Disturbingly, investigators found that a safety device that could have prevented the tragedy had been removed 13 days before the death. A supervisor at the plant allegedly had it removed because he felt it was slowing down production.
According to a report by Pro-Publica, an independent non-profit newsroom, the temporary staffing business has been one of the fastest growing industries since the Great Recession. A record 2.9 million in the United States are now employed by these agencies.
A workplace safety expert recently told a gathering at the American Society of Safety Engineer’s (ASSE) Professional Development Conference and Expo in Orlando Florida, that OSHA is indeed cracking down on employers and staffing agencies that fail to protect temporary workers.
Just because you may be a temporary worker doesn’t mean that companies or staffing agencies are exempt from protecting you from workplace hazards. If you are a temporary worker who has been injured on the job, you are still eligible to receive worker’s compensation benefits. If you have questions about your workplace legal rights, call us toll-free at (800) 438-7734 or contact us online to schedule a review of your case today.