Temporary workers from staffing agencies are, unfortunately, composing a greater share of the workforce. Many people who would prefer full-time employment are unable to secure it and so must rely on occasional work from staffing agencies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") requires that employers, both the staffing agency and temporary employer, take steps to protect temporary workers. This post will go over those rights.
The extent of the staffing agency's and temporary employer's duty to keep you safe depends on the circumstances of each case. But, both employers are jointly responsible for ensuring a safe workplace. For instance, you must receive OSHA certified training and hazard communication if your job is dangerous.
Moreover, OSHA identifies temporary workers are especially vulnerable therefore it takes particular note of any employer that relies on them too often. You are fully entitled to report a temporary employer, anonymously, if there are safety concerns or violations. OSHA recognizes that employers will use temporary workers to skirt safety regulations.
If you suffered an injury on the job due to an unsafe working condition, you might want to speak to a lawyer. A lawyer can go over your rights, both federal and state, to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. As a temporary worker, you are probably already hurting for money, the last thing your family needs is another complication. A lawyer can help get you money so that your injury is not a financial issue.