Temporary employment can be hazardous to your health

This may not surprise anybody who has ever done a stint as a "temp" worker, but temporary work is hazardous.

People doing temp work are usually between jobs or trying to get their foot in the door at a company. They resort to placing themselves with agencies that match them with employers who have immediate openings for low-level workers.

If the temp worker is lucky, the job might turn into something permanent. However, they might work for a few days or weeks until the company no longer needs the extra help and then have to head back to the temp agency for a new assignment.

One of the biggest problems with temp work isn't the uncertainty that comes from not knowing if you'll have a job from day-to-day. Instead, it's the fact that temp workers are often thrown into positions where they can easily get hurt with little or no safety training. In addition to their lack of experience in a job, temp workers are also often used to fill positions in companies that have trouble keeping long-term employees because of their safety issues and the poor treatment of workers.

Studies indicate that temporary employees are injured and killed on the job much more often than regular employees. They're less likely to get safety training (even though such training is mandated by law) than regular employees and far more likely to end up filing workers' compensation claims than regular employees.

Staffing companies aren't unaware of the "problem" employers. They may knowingly send temp employees into hazardous situations simply because they don't want to lose their client (the business). There are always more available temp workers -- and the staffing company makes its money from the company it serves.

If you've been injured on the job while doing temp work because of inadequate safety training or another problem, find out what legal rights you have to compensation.

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