Why Temporary Workers have a Higher Risk for Work-Related Injuries

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Mankato Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Temporary workers appeal to employers. They often can hire more people just when the need arises. When they have a big job, they can just hire a few extra workers for a few weeks until the job is done. They also don’t have to pay them extra benefits, making temporary workers cheaper than hiring full-time employers.

However, there is a drawback for temporary workers. In fact, they often have a higher risk of work-related injuries. Here are some reasons why.

Temporary work is more common in some industries, especially those that are deemed more dangerous.

Though most people may think about office jobs as temporary ones, the truth is that construction, manufacturing, and warehousing industries commonly hire temporary workers. These jobs often have more injuries than other jobs, so it makes sense that temporary workers in these fields are going to have more injuries.

Temporary workers are often given jobs that others don’t want to do.

These jobs are often more hazardous than some of the other jobs, which could be why they may have more injuries.

They may also lack the knowledge and skill to do these jobs.

Most injuries occur at the workplace due to employees (or temporary workers) that aren’t trained properly. When someone is only going to do a job for a few days or weeks, he or she might not get as much training as it takes to run the equipment or do the job correctly. This is a big reason why temporary workers are hurt more often.

Temporary workers may also not learn the proper safety protocols.

When doing hazardous jobs and handling equipment, safety should be very important. Every worker, even temporary ones need to learn how to do everything safely. If not, there is a risk of injury. Again, they may not be on the job long enough to learn everything that they should about safety.

As more and more companies hire temporary workers, they don’t have the trained workers helping the temporary ones to do their job correctly.

If you don’t know what you are doing, you need to have a trained professional beside you helping you. As more and more companies are filled with temporary workers, there are less trained workers to help the inexperienced ones!

This means that temporary workers are going to be making more mistakes, simply due to lack of help and training. This can lead to very unsafe working conditions for everyone.

Temporary workers may also feel unable to voice their concerns.

More and more temporary workers are hiding their injuries because they are worried. They don’t want to cause any problems that could cost them the job. Hurt workers aren’t able to work as hard and well as those that are functioning properly.

If you are a temporary worker, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you were injured on the job. It is important that you hire a lawyer right away to get the help that you need so you can get the compensation that you deserve.

It is even more important since you might be fighting against both the company and the temporary agency. Since the agency is technically your employer, the company may refuse to pay for your medical care. The temporary agency may be held liable, even though it was the company’s fault. For this reason, you really need to hire a good lawyer. He or she will fight for you to make sure that your injury won’t affect the rest of your life.

Contact us about your work injury. If you were injured at work, whether you are an employee or a temporary worker, we will help you through this difficult time.