With the economy struggling to recover and unemployment still a major concern, many people will do whatever they can to make ends meet. This includes taking a temp position until something more permanent comes around.
Many of our New York readers are familiar with temp work, as are those in other parts of the United States. This gives people the chance to earn money, despite the fact that they may not be a full-time employee of the company.
However, a new issue has been brought to light in a recent ProPublica study of millions of workers’ compensation claims. The analysis shows that blue collar temp workers face a greater risk of getting injured at work than permanent employees.
For example, in Florida and California, temp workers had approximately 50 percent greater risk of being injured than other employees.
This study goes a long way in showing that temporary workers are more likely to find a job in a dangerous field, such as warehousing or manufacturing. For this reason, the chance of suffering an injury is much greater. In Florida, for instance, temporary workers in blue collar companies were approximately six times as likely to be injured than a permanent employee.
Workplace injuries should be taken seriously, whether the person is a temp worker or permanent employee. Along with this, employers should be doing whatever they can to ensure the safety and well being of each worker. Anybody who has been injured on the job can consult with an attorney who can protect his or her rights as a worker and help you decide which steps to take next.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Temp Work Isn’t Only Insecure — It’s More Dangerous Too” Michael Grabell, Dec. 18, 2013