Temporary workers have a high risk of suffering fatal injury on their first days of work because they are untrained and not aware of hazards specific to the workplace. Often employers failed to provide safety training to temporary workers or, if some instruction was given, it inadequately addressed the hazard, and this failure contributed to their death.
OSHA recently launched a new initiative to protect temporary workers from work hazards. Among the new measures created, field inspectors will assess if employers using temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and will check that training is provided in a language that the temporary worker can understand.
OSHA indicated that in recent months, they have received an increased number of reports of temporary workers being killed on their first days in a new position. One of the highest profile cases was the death of a 21-year-old temporary worker in August 2012 at the Bacardi Bottling’s plant in Jacksonville. Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis was crushed to death by a palletizer machine on his first day at work.