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Temp workers may have extra risks in the workplace

When we discuss injured employees on our Maryland workers' compensation blog, it's generally assumed that those people are just that -- employees. While it's true that workers are employed by someone, it may not be by the company where their injury occurred.

We're talking here about temporary workers. What enabled many companies to get back on their feet in the wake of the economic recession of recent years was their ability to rely on temp workers, who are employed through a third-party firm, such as a temp agency, rather than the company itself. This reduces overhead for the company, which doesn't have to manage the employee from a human resources perspective. It can also reduce the company's liability for having to compensate a temporary worker who suffers a work injury.

One of the problems with this arrangement is that temporary workers are hurt on the job more frequently than permanent, full-time employees. This may be due to the fact that these workers may get inadequate amounts of training for a job that they won't be at for long. It can also be due to a lack of proper safety equipment; some workers at manufacturing jobs or other factory jobs might not be issued steel-toe boots, for example, making them more prone to injury.

Regardless of if an employee is temporary or permanent, when a work injury happens, workers' compensation may be an option. An experienced workers' comp attorney can assist someone who needs to obtain benefits after being hurt on the job.

Source: Pacific-Standard, "Temporary Work, Lasting Harm," Michael Grabell, Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson, Feb. 3, 2014

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