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Temporary workers at risk when poorly trained

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2017 | Workplace Accidents

You may have many reasons for working as a temporary employee. Maybe you are looking for permanent work but supplementing through an Ohio temp agency. These agencies typically match you with jobs that fit your skill set although they may place you in an unfamiliar position if you show aptitude and a willingness to learn.

The trouble with working as a temp is that it often exposes you to dangers on the job, mainly because of the company’s limited time to properly train you. In fact, many temporary workers leave their job placements because they do not feel confident in the work and fear the hazards are not worth the risk. To prevent this from happening, employment safety advisors recommend that temporary workers take advantage of every opportunity to improve their chances of working safely.

Training begins at your temp agency

If your temp agency did a background check and drug test and required you to get a physical exam, you can think of these as positive signs. An agency that takes the time to pre-screen its applicants is likely to place you in a work environment that has strong safety guidelines established.

Additionally, your temp agency may give you some preliminary safety training since it may be difficult for your employer to train you as thoroughly as permanent workers. You may learn about personal protection equipment, specific standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and dress codes designed for maximum safety. Taking full advantage of this training may reduce your chances of injury on the job.

Teamwork to improve safety

While you may be eager to jump right into the job, your employer may require you complete additional training when you arrive on site. This is for your own protection, even if it is repetitive and seems like common sense. Through your temp agency, you may have learned about general OSHA requirements, but your on-the-job training will show you how those standards apply to this particular job.

You may find that seasoned employees want to offer advice for best practices. While some workers may suggest methods of work to cut corners and save time, those who are looking out for your safety and their own may have advice worth hearing. By the same token, if you see something that makes you feel unsafe on the job, speaking up to your supervisor may spare you and your co-workers from a serious accident.

As a temporary employee, you have rights. Like permanent workers, if you are hurt on the job, you have the right to workers’ compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages. Because of your temporary status, you may have to work hard to obtain those benefits. Fortunately, you can seek assistance from a compassionate attorney who is dedicated to helping injured workers.