This latest citation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is frightening and sad at the same time. They have cited a Jacksonville, FL company with 12 safety violations after a temporary worker was killed his first day on the job, apparently because he was not trained properly.
The 21-year-old worker was crushed to death by a machine on his first day on the job. He was cleaning the machine when another employee restarted the machine. It was discovered that the company neglected to train temporary employees about locks and tags to prevent accidental startups of machines.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels is quoted as saying, “Employers are responsible for ensuring the safe conditions of all their employees, including those who are temporary.”
The company has been issued two willful citations for failing to develop, document and utilize lockout/tagout procedures and for failing to train employees on lockout/tagout procedures. The company has also received nine serious violations.
Just because you may be a temporary employee at a company does not mean the company should not spend the time to properly train you. OSHA requires that employers protect the health and safety of all workers under their supervision and control. If you are a temporary employee who has been injured on the job because you were not trained properly, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the workers’ comp attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.