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Double risk of workplace injuries for temp positions

Temporary staffing by businesses is on the rise, and peer-reviewed evidence suggests this could be bad news for Louisiana residents seeking employment. When full-time positions are hard to find, job seekers may be recruited by temp agencies as a way to build experience and gain references while earning a wage. The growing field of temporary work, however, has proven to be more hazardous to employees than traditional positions.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health stated that 2013 was a record-breaking year with 17 million people working at least part of the year in temporary positions. These jobs presented double the risk of workplace injury, according to the agency. Certain industries are more affected than others.

The problem seen behind the disparate number of injuries was a lack of understanding between staffing agencies and employers over safety and health compliance responsibilities, according to participants in a recent conference on this issue. Some possible solutions were suggested, such as routine safety checks on businesses, clear communication about the responsibility of staffers and clients to protect workers and the requirement that staffing agencies pay into workers' compensation insurance.

Louisiana residents engaged in temporary employment may not have the best understanding of their rights and protections under the law. In the event of a workplace accident, workers could feel threatened by the risk of damaging their relationship with the staffing agency or just not know the procedure for filing a workers' compensation claim. In such event, it may be advisable to consult with an attorney who has experience in these matters and who might provide assistance during the filing process.

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