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Staffing company will improve workplace safety provisions

Minnesota workers may be interested in knowing about the actions taken by the U.S. Department of Labor against a temporary staffing company for a violation of federal occupational safety and health standards. Government regulators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Marathon Staffing Services Inc. for neglecting to make hearing tests accessible to its workers during a job at a concrete manufacturing company in New Hampshire in December 2014.

According to information released by OSHA, the staffing company's failure to provide hearing tests was a serious violation of health and safety standards due to the presence of high noise levels at the client's work location. As a result of negotiations between the company and government regulators, Marathon is now obliged to consult with a work safety expert in order to develop a plan for ensuring the health and safety of its temporary employees at their assigned work locations.

The plan will include provisions for routine safety and health inspections of its clients' work locations, as well as the inclusion of each employer's health and safety obligations with respect to temporary workers in contracts with clients. In addition, the company is also required to ensure that all of its own permanent, non-temporary employees working as account executives and sales representatives receive thorough training in occupational safety and health standards.

The primary purpose of federal safety regulations is to protect the health and safety of employees by attempting to prevent the occurrence of workplace accidents and workplace injuries. However, injured workers may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits that could provide the necessary medical care and treatment as well as a percentage of wages lost during the recovery period. Many injured workers find the assistance of an attorney in the preparation and filing of a claim for benefits to be helpful.

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