Your benefits as an agency-hired temp or seasonal worker may not be as robust as part-time or full-time employees. However, you deserve the same access to a safe and healthy workplace as do all other workers in Florida.
Workers in all industries in Florida are vulnerable to occupational hazards. When severe injuries or fatalities result from workplace accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration typically launches investigations to determine the circumstances that caused them, and also the level of compliance with safety standards. However, regardless of the outcome of the inquiry, injured workers or surviving family members of workers who lost their lives in on-the-job accidents are usually eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
During the activity of workers getting Disney's Epcot theme park ready for the 2022 celebrations of its 40th birthday, a tragedy claimed the life of a construction worker. The family of a 58-year-old worker will likely be eligible for workers' compensation survivor's benefits for financial assistance. Reportedly, the incident at this Florida theme park occurred on a recent Tuesday.
Outdoor workers in Florida are frequently exposed to the risks posed by excessive heat. While federal safety authorities have standards that require employers to protect workers from heat stress, some advocates are now pushing for the passing of a proposed bill for the construction and agriculture industries to mandate heat illness prevention. The goal is to set standards statewide for employers to provide outdoor workers with enough drinking water and frequent rest breaks in shaded areas. Compliance will likely limit heat illness-related workers' compensation claims.
Most workers in Florida find comfort in knowing that their employers carry insurance to cover them in the event of workplace injuries. However, workplace injury victims are disappointed by how the state-regulated workers' compensation system deals with their injuries. In one such a case, a severely traumatized worker claims the insurance provider deemed him fit to return to work without sending him for the necessary tests.