We are not going to discuss whether temporary workers or permanent employees are at greater risk of suffering construction injuries for one simple reason. It doesn’t matter. There is no point in pitting some workers against other workers when everyone faces a serious risk. That said, this article will focus on some risks that are especially relevant to temporary construction workers.
3 Risks Temporary Construction Workers Should Know
Whether you have already taken a temp job, or you are considering taking one to earn some extra money, it is important to know that temporary workers may be at risk of serious construction injuries and difficult recoveries. Some of the reasons for this include:
- Lack of training. Employers may not see the same need to invest in safety training of temp workers as they do for their permanent employees. Additionally, there may be some confusion over whether the construction contractor or temporary employer should provide the training.
- Not knowing coworkers well. Construction workers who work together often may have an easier time communicating with one another and may be able to prevent some serious accidents.
- Confusion over who pays when a worker is hurt. The construction contractor and temporary employer may each have different ideas about who has to pay.
Of course, temp workers also face many of the same risks as other construction workers. For example, falls, falling debris, equipment accidents, and weather-related injuries may all result in serious injuries regardless of employment status.
Know How to Get Help If You’re Hurt
Your employment period may have been temporary but your construction injuries may be long-lasting or even permanent. Accordingly, it is important to get the help that you need to make sure that your rights are protected and that you get the recovery that you deserve. Please read our FREE pamphlet, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone. Feel free to contact us via this website if we can be of assistance to you.