October 2014

Temporary employees, permanent safety

Staffing agency promotes safety responsibility.

Employees at Key Knife

In Oregon, the heyday for temporary employment was the late 1990s, as the tech industry boomed and some 42,000 workers helped keep pace with demand. According to the Oregon Employment Department, the numbers today have not yet returned to that peak, but 742 temporary help firms employed 28,952 workers in 2011 – a number that grew to 31,151 workers by March 2014.  Read article »

Administrator's Message

Michael Wood

Change, workplace safety, and interesting times. Read article »

The challenge of temporary work

If you are a certain age, you might remember "Kelly Girls" – the workers who filled in when companies temporarily needed secretaries and file clerks. They were among the first workers in this country hired and paid by one employer that sent them to do short-term work for another employer.  Read article »

A big challenge of temporary work today is ensuring that the staffing agency and the host employer clearly understand their responsibilities to each other and to the worker.

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Going the Distance

Meet Duane R. Grange »

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Safety and Human Resources Director of Selectemp Employment Services.

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Safety Notes

Accident Report

  • Incident | Struck by
  • Business | Waste disposal
  • Employee | Laborer

A worker was fatally injured when a 700-pound door struck him in the head.
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