The number of companies and industries using temporary workers is increasing in the United States. More companies are using temp workers to work in warehouses, factories and construction sites. There are currently 2.8 million temp workers in the U.S., and reports show that temp workers are more likely to be in a workplace accident.
Temp workers have a higher risk of suffering a workplace injury, especially for temp workers in manufacturing and warehousing occupations. The risk for workplace injuries is high for temp workers and to make matters worse, the risk for suffering severe injuries is even high for these workers.
Reports show that temp workers are more likely to suffer severe injuries like crushing injuries, fractures, punctures, lacerations and dislocations after a workplace accident. These types of injuries can result in very serious injuries and even cause deaths.
Why do temp workers have a higher risk of being injured on the job? Investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration show that many temp workers are injured due to lack of training or not having the proper protective equipment.
OSHA reported that many temp workers have been killed while cleaning chemical tanks, being caught in machinery equipment or due to heat stroke. All of these fatalities are often attributed to not being trained and educated on how to safely work in these environments.
The lack of training is caused by temp agencies saying they are not responsible for training workers as it is up to the company overseeing the workers to train temp workers. However, some companies say it is up to the temp company to train workers or they think temp workers have already been trained and educated on safe operating procedures before they start working. Temp workers should be aware of the dangers they face on the job and take steps to make sure they know how to safely work around certain occupational hazards.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Temp Work Isn’t Only Insecure — It’s More Dangerous Too,” Olga Pierce, Jeff Larson and Michael Grabell, Dec. 18, 2013