A temporary worker employed by a staffing agency but under the supervision of a host employer was assigned to spot trash trucks dumping their trash at a landfill. While performing the assigned task as a spotter, the temporary employee was struck and run over by a track loader that was backing up.
A safety and human factors analysis included a review of all relevant depositions and other discovery documents, reports, training records, photographs, etc. In addition, a review of relevant research materials, codes, and standards related to acceptable workplace safety practices and standards was performed.
Based upon the review and analysis it was determined that temporary employers such as staffing agencies are required to train their employees on general safety and health issues. Job specific training for hazards unique to their operations are placed upon the host employer. In this case the temporary staffing agency did provide their worker with the necessary safety and health training but the host employer failed to provide site specific training and adequate supervision.