In a letter issued to the director of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) on July 10, U.S. Senate’s workplace safety subcommittee head Sen. Robert Casey scrutinized OSHA’s efforts to protect temporary workers, and asked what further actions the administration can do to increase their safety, ProPublica reported.
Casey stated that he was worried about measures that could possibly restrict OSHA from ensuring the safety of temp workers. Although OSHA has the power to enforce safety standards, it does not have the power to shut down businesses in breach of workers safety regulations.
The letter was issued in light of a fatal workplace accident that took place on February 23 at a sugar plant in Pennsylvania. Days before the accident, the plant decided to remove a safety screen to speed up production. Thirteen days later, a temporary worker sunk into a pile of sugar previously protected by the screen and died of suffocation.
Prioritizing revenue over the safety of temporary workers is reprehensible. If you are a worker injured while on duty in Norfolk, our team at Joe Miller Law, is equipped with the experience and the compassion to possibly help you file for workers’ compensation. Call us at (888) 694-1671 to learn how to take action.