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Temp workers' injuries double as number of workers grows

The threat of health hazards and injuries are common at many workplaces in Colorado, and they are usually taken seriously enough by employers to warrant extensive safety training and protective gear. According to research recently released by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, employers may not be exercising the same level of precautions when it comes to temp workers.

In 2013, there were approximately 17 million temporary workers around the country. NIOSH has found that the upward trend is continuing and so is the rate of workplace injuries. Temp workers usually have to answer to both the staffing agency and the company who contracts with the agency.

Some research has suggested that the nature of temporary work introduces a unique problem in terms of who is responsible for worker safety measures and training. Some believe that it should be shared between staffing agencies and the companies that they contract with for the provision of workers.

Temporary employment may be the only path for some people who are looking to reenter the job market. Such positions offer the chance to gain experience using new technology and collect references. In such circumstances, a workplace accident can be particularly devastating. The injured victim loses wages as a result of an inability to work while also facing medical expenses that can exacerbate an already precarious financial situation. In some cases, an injured worker may be advised to seek the counsel of a workers' compensation attorney in order to determine eligibility to receive benefits and other coverage issues.

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