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California Temp Workers More Likely to Be Seriously Injured on the Job


Posted on Feb 05, 2014

A new study says that California temporary workers are more likely to suffer serious injuries on the job, and are less likely to be fully trained.

The five-year analysis, completed by ProPublica, was compiled from millions of workers’ compensation claims across five states:  California, Minnesota, Florida, Massachusetts and Oregon. These 3.5 million claims represent more than a fifth of the U.S. population, which employs over 2.8 million temporary employees. The information provided a stunning look into the world of the temporary worker:

  • In both California and Florida, temps were 50 percent more likely to be injured on the job than permanent employees.
  • In California, temporary workers were twice as likely as other workers to suffer heat exhaustion.
  • Temps were three times as likely to suffer job-related amputations in Florida and the three other states for which loss-of-limb records are available.
  • Records showed that temps had a much higher rate of “caught in” and “struck by” injuries.
  • Over the past five years, the claims rate of temporary workers has increased in every studied state except  Minnesota. For the same time period, the injury rate of regular workers has held steady or decreased.

 

There are many reasons for the high accident rate among temporary workers. Interviews with injured temps said that they received little to no training and were thrown into dangerous work within hours of beginning their first shift. Temps in the U.S. are also more likely to find jobs in dangerous professions, such as manufacturing and warehousing, adding an increased risk of serious injury.

If someone you love was injured while doing temporary work in California, please send them a link to this article or to our FREE book, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual. To find out if your employer should be held liable for an accident, call the Ledgerwood Law Group today at 888-761-7383.

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