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Temporary worker safety

Temporary workers in Louisiana can be at risk for on-the-job injuries if the staffing companies that they are working for do not communicate with the host employers about safety. When a temporary worker is performing a job, the staffing company and the host employer both have a duty to ensure that the work environment is free of hazards.

Recently, the National Safety Council and the American Staffing Association worked together to publish a case study illustrating safety concerns for temporary workers. The case study is a fictional example of a work situation involving a temporary worker welding in the vicinity of fumes. The organizations based their case study on common citations that are issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over workplace injuries sustained by temporary workers.

After discussing a work situation involving a temporary welding job, the case study included safety recommendations for staffing companies and host employers. The organizations advised staffing companies and host employers to reach agreements about safety responsibilities and work those agreements into a signed contract. If temporary workers are injured on a job, host employers and staffing companies must notify each other about the injuries as soon as possible. The case study also recommended that staffing companies and host employers implement regular safety procedures for every job.

A temporary worker who sustains serious injuries on the job may not be sure how to pursue financial compensation. An attorney may be able to help a temporary worker to file a workers' compensation claim and a third-party personal injury claim if it is appropriate. Injured workers who cannot return to work right away may be abke to seek compensation for lost wages.

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