Both employers and staffing agencies in Louisiana and throughout the country are responsible for ensuring that temporary workers are kept safe. They could both be held liable if a worker is not properly trained or if other safety guidelines are ignored. According to OSHA, temporary employees tend to be asked to do hazardous work and may be more likely to be retaliated against by an employer. In some cases, they are asked to do jobs without adequate descriptions of their responsibilities.
Generally speaking, both sides are responsible for making sure that they correct any hazards they have control over. This is because both sides are considered to be in control of the person doing the temporary work. Typically, ignorance is not an excuse as it relates to putting employees into harm’s way. Both temporary agencies and the companies that employee temporary workers are encouraged to communicate with each other on a regular basis.
Companies that hire temporary workers are required to treat them as they would any other employee. Staffing agencies are expected to verify that temporary workers hired by an organization have proper safety protocols in place. They should also do their best to anticipate any hazards that may exist and take steps to ensure that they are mitigated.
Those who are injured on the job may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to help them recover. Benefits may help to pay for medical expenses as well as other costs that they need to cover. If an application is denied, an attorney may assist in any appeals that a worker wants to pursue. Workers might also seek the advice of legal counsel if an application is only partially approved or if their employer is not processing a claim quickly enough.