Maryland residents may be interested to learn that new research shows that temporary workers face more hazards at work than full-time employees. The information was presented at a joint session of the NORA Manufacturing Sector and Services Sector Council in June.
It was shown that approximately 17 million temporary workers were employed in the United States in 2013. Presenters said that the complex structure of temporary worker arrangements has created uncertainty over who is responsible for ensuring worker safety, which can lead to an increase in on-the-job injuries and other health issues. They cited a study by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration that indicated temporary employees are injured at work more often than non-temporary workers. They also highlighted a study by ProPublica that showed temporary workers were at twice the risk of suffering severe workplace injuries, including bone fractures, lacerations, crushing injuries and punctures.
Representatives from two temporary staffing companies made recommendations on ways to reduce workplace risks, including making safety a priority by management, providing continuous training and conducting in-depth analysis of all accidents. They also suggested staffing agencies participate in “captive insurance,” which is a type of workers’ compensation that allows a group of staffing agencies to share their risk.
Most Maryland workers are covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Anyone who has suffered workplace injuries may wish to seek the advice of an attorney. Legal counsel could assist an injured worker in properly preparing and filing a workers’ compensation benefits claim. A lawyer may also be of assistance in cases where a worker has had their initial benefits claim denied.
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