OSHA Cracks Down On Temporary Worker Safety Compliance

OSHA has been very public in warning companies that use temporary workers that they have a responsibility for the safety of those workers.  OSHA is now showing it intends to back up its warnings with action.   On January 22nd, the agency cited a concrete company after the death of a temporary worker.  According to a public information release, the victim was working alone in a permit-required confined space when he was crushed by a malfunctioning piece of equipment.   The host company faces fines of more than $300,000 and, significantly, the staffing company that supplied the worker was not cited at all.   Given the number of outside workers in the oil and gas industry, companies need to pay close attention to this trend and review how outside workers are trained and oriented on host company safe work practices.   Read the release here.

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