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Recommended practices: protecting temporary workers.
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2014-139, 2014 Aug; :1-6
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are aware of numerous preventable deaths and disabling injuries of temporary workers. One example is the death of a 27-year-old employed through a staffing agency to work as an equipment cleaner at a food manufacturing plant. While cleaning a piece of machinery, he came into contact with rotating parts and was pulled into the machine, sustaining fatal injuries. The manufacturing plant's procedures for cleaning the equipment were unsafe, including steps in which cleaners worked near the machine while it was energized and parts were moving. Additionally, while the company's permanent maintenance employees were provided with training on procedures to ensure workers were not exposed to energized equipment during maintenance or cleaning, this training was not provided to cleaners employed through the staffing agency. Source: Massachusetts Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program, 11MA050.
Workers; Worker-health; Work-environment; Work-practices; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-data; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Training; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Electrical-equipment; Occupational-hazards; Accident-potential; Industrial-hazards; Safety-practices; Personal-protection; Standards; Surveillance
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2014-139; M082014
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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