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Temps may face greater workplace injury risk

A new study from ProPublica reports that temporary workers are more likely to get injured on the job than non-temp workers. The report comes on the heels of a string of deaths involving blue collar temp workers who died on the job after reportedly receiving little training. According to the report, temporary workers in California are 50 percent more likely to suffer workplace injuries than non-temp employees.

California gas tank explosion kills 1, injures 2

An unidentified worker died as a result of a gasoline tank explosion Dec. 11. In Central Valley Ranch, near Merced, the contract worker was grinding the second of the three 300-pound fuel tanks he was reconditioning when the tank exploded, according to state safety officials. The man's identity is currently unknown. Two other workers were also involved in the explosion but survived. Both were injured: one sustained serious burns and the other, who was likely to be released soon from the hospital, experienced less serious injuries. All three workers were originally contracted through Big Valley Labor Inc.

Temporary worker safety a growing concern

While full-time and part-time employees have the benefits of training and knowledge of safety regulations, the temporary workers who sometimes fill their positions often begin a job without any of this knowledge. It is estimated that temporary employees make up about 2.8 percent of the workforce, and this number is growing due to the reluctance of companies to add new employees or deal with benefits and contracts. These workers often fill in when someone is on vacation or sick leave, and they may have little to no training or information about the position that they are filling.

Workers' compensation does not always cover hearing loss

Some jobs in California and around the country may cause damage to employees' hearing. Workers' compensation may be sought after auditory loss due to sudden loud sounds at work, such as a firearm discharge or continuous noise like that at a construction site. Because hearing loss is very uncommon in people under 50, many doctors don't bother with testing for it. However, if one works in a situation where there is frequent exposure to loud sound, hearing loss could be happening over time.

Teachers prompt investigation into toxic exposure at schools

Parents in Los Angeles County may have read about a group of teachers working to press their district into further testing for toxins on a campus shared by three schools. The action started with three teachers diagnosed positive for thyroid cancer. A series of tests on indoor air quality had already revealed PCB levels in excess of federal standards. Failure of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to perform a more thorough round of testing has prompted fears among faculty of toxic exposure in an unsafe workplace.

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