The widespread use of temporary workers has become a concern for many advocates of workplace safety in the United States, including those in Minnesota. The increasing numbers of workplace accidents and injuries involving temporary workers suggests that these employees are more vulnerable than permanent workers.
Consider a fatal workplace accident in Pennsylvania that prompted that state's U.S. Senator to question the efforts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect temps. In February 2013, a 50-year-old temporary worker died at the CSC Sugar Plant near Philadelphia after being buried in a sugar hopper. OSHA later found out that a safety device that could have prevented the temp worker's death was removed from the equipment 13 days before the accident because it was slowing down production capacity. Senator Bob Casey has requested that OSHA boost its efforts to regulate workplace safety for temporary workers.