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Temporary workers often overlooked concerning workplace safety

Workplace accidents happen everyday across the United States. Workplace policies that might be able to prevent many workplace injuries often target permanent workers at businesses. However, recently the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been increasing its monitoring of safety training efforts geared toward temporary workers.

In order to adjust for seasonal demand, or rapid changes within an organization, companies sometimes hire temporary workers. These workers can contribute to many industries, but sometimes they aren't given the full training a normal employee would receive because they won't be at the company for a long period of time. However, safety training should still be at the forefront of any companies training policies.

These policies can help prevent significant injuries that might occur. Often simple safety measure can greatly reduce the risk of injury, but they only help if an employee, either permanent or temporary, knows that the  measure exists.

OSHA hopes to increase awareness of injuries to these workers by keeping track of the amount of time temporary workers are supervised on the job, either by a staffing agency or the company using the staffing agency for workers.

If someone is injured on the job, they could be killed or seriously disabled. These injures can result in thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Often temporary workers aren't insured under a health plan by the host employer, but that doesn't mean they should have to bear the cost of a workplace injury. Speaking with an experienced workers' compensation attorney might be a wise decision for anyone who is injured while working.

Source: The Bloomberg BNA, "New OSHA Enforcement Initiative Focuses on Temporary Staffing Agency Workers," Occupational Safety & Health Reporter, May 2, 2013

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