Report Suggests More Workplace Accidents for Contingent Workers

by Guy L. Watts II on 01/19/2013

According to a new report, contingent or nonpermanent workers in the United States are at a higher and increasing risk for workplace injuries.  The report suggests that more workplace safety strategies be implemented in order to protect these workers.

The report was published by the Center for Progressive Reform, and the findings of the report are very similar to a report earlier published by the Center for Public Integrity.  That Center for Public Integrity report outlined the increasing workplace hazards facing contingent workers who are often hired to perform some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs.

There's a reason why work injury lawyers are worried about the increasing workplace hazards facing contingent or nonpermanent workers.  There is a increasing number of such workers today. 

According to statistics by the US Bureau Of Labor Statistics, there are currently more than 2.5 million such contingent workers employed inside the United States.  The construction industry, warehousing, farming and other services are especially likely to employ contingent workers.  Work injury attorneys know that contingent workers suffer injuries at rates that are much higher than for other employees. 

Contingent workers may have very few workplace safety protections under federal law.  This means that when these workers are injured, they have very little right to workers compensation benefits, and therefore, their condition after an injury can be traumatic.  When an employer uses contingent workers, he does not have to pay for workers compensation insurance for these workers.  He also does not have to buy workers’ health insurance for these employees.  As a result, these workers have no safety net in the event of injury.

What makes work even more dangerous for these employees is that they're often assigned to very dangerous work, without being trained to do the job properly and without being given safety equipment.

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