Dr. David Michaels of OSHA said it best: “A worker’s first day at work shouldn’t be his last day on earth.” This quote refers to a tragic work accident where a temporary worker was killed during his first day on the job. Lawrence Daquan Davis, 21, was crushed to death by a palletizer, a machine that stacks cases of goods onto a pallet.
Employers are responsible for ensuring a safe workplace for all employees, including those who are temporary. During this incident, Davis was cleaning glass from under the hoist of the palletizer when another employee restarted the machine. The company, Bacardi Bottling, failed to train its temporary workers on how to prevent the accidental start-up of machines.
“We are seeing untrained workers – many of them temporary workers – killed very soon after starting a new job,” said Michaels. “Employers must train all employees, including temporary workers, on the hazards specific to that workplace – before they start working. Had Bacardi done so, this tragic loss of life could have been prevented.”
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