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Temp Worker Fatally Crushed at Amazon’s New Jersey Facility

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 30, 2013

A temporary worker at a New Jersey Amazon facility where packages are sorted, died after being crushed by equipment, USA Today reports. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. The incident occurred at the facility in Avenell. The worker was caught in between and crushed by equipment at the facility. The victim was employed by a temporary staffing agency.

OSHA officials said that a part of its investigation is to look into whether there were any workplace safety violations involved in this unfortunate incident. Officials say they launched an initiative earlier this year because of a concern that some employers may use temporary workers to avoid meeting their workplace safety obligations. According to OSHA officials, there are 3 million temp workers in the U.S. workforce today and many are doing hazardous work at building sites, factories, and warehouses. Amazon itself employs thousands of temp workers to handle packages during the busy holiday shopping season.

ProPublica also released a report based on its analysis of millions of workers’ compensation claims. The report shows that in five states, which represent more than a fifth of the U.S. population, temps face a significantly higher risk of getting injured on the job than permanent employees. In California and Florida, for example, temps had about 50 percent greater risk of being injured than non-temps.

When workers are injured on the job, they can seek workers’ compensation benefits through their employers. In some cases, third-party claims can also be filed. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, please contact an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer who will ensure that your rights are protected.

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