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Temporary workers are still suffering greater rates of injury

We have previously written about the fact that temporary workers tend to suffer greater rates of injury and occupational illness on the job than full-time and part-time workers do. Studies confirm that this trend is partially borne out of the fact that a great many temporary workers do not communicate primarily in English. Though it is absolutely no fault of the worker, it can simply be harder to train non-English speaking workers and to ensure that they understand all relevant safety protocols.

However, other work-related injuries and occupational illnesses suffered by temporary workers result from inadequate efforts on the part of employers to train these individuals at all. There is a great difference between having difficulty ensuring that non-English speaking workers understand trainings that are given and not granting them access to adequate training in the first place.

If employers opt to hire temporary workers, it is imperative that these individuals are adequately trained. It is also critical that workers are trained in a language they can properly understand, whenever possible. Without these precautions, temporary workers are going to continue to suffer greater rates of preventable injury and occupational illness on the job.

According to the Pacific-Standard, 2.8 million workers in the U.S. are currently classified as temporary employees. Given that some temporary workers may be paid under the table, this figure likely underestimates the vastness of the temporary worker population. Each of these workers deserves to remain safe on the job and they should be trained and treated accordingly.

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

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