OSHA Cites Five Businesses After Employee Dies

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Temporary workers can be placed in a variety of jobs, including dangerous ones. It is every employer’s job to make sure that temporary workers are properly trained on all equipment and in proper safety procedures.

A temporary worker was caught in a conveyor and crushed at an Amazon fulfillment center in Avenel, NJ. When the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted a follow-up investigation, they cited the managing company, as well as four staffing companies that had provided workers for the facility.

When a temporary worker is assigned, both the staffing company and the business hosting him are responsible for his safety. If he is injured or killed, neither company can avoid liability.

Four staffing companies were cited after the incident for failing to assess the workplace for hazards before placing temporary workers there. As the agency placing them, the companies had a responsibility to make sure the facility was safe.

Amazon had contracted Genco, a third-party logistics provider, to run the facility and supervise the temporary workers. After their investigation, OSHA cited the managing company for failing to make sure the staffing companies performed a hazard assessment.

 

Spevack Law Firm– Middlesex County Personal Injury Lawyers

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