Temporary or workers in the metro Atlanta region are more likely than permanent workers to succumb to injuries in workplace accidents. A report by the Center for Progressive Reform recently raised concerns about the risks faced by temporary workers, who may not be covered under regular workers’ compensation laws and may be at a much higher risk of fatal injuries.
The report finds that the hiring of temporary or staffing agency workers has exploded over the past few years, as the recession set in and many employers chose to hire temps to save on workers’ compensation insurance and payroll expenses. By hiring temporary workers, employers can avoid having to purchase health insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. Unfortunately, the Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers of Parsons & Associates, P.C., often find that this discourages companies from employing safe workplace practices.
Staffing agency workers are at a much higher risk of dying in accidents, simply because they are often assigned to some of the most dangerous jobs. Additionally, temporary workers may not be provided adequate protection gear and appropriate training to perform their jobs safely. This raises the risk of severe or catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident.
The report advises the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to target industries that are more likely to use temporary or staffing agency workers, like construction, farming, warehousing and hospitality services. The report also advises the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to conduct periodic enforcement sweeps to ensure that employers invest in safer workplace conditions for temporary workers. The federal agency can also work to ensure that employers do not hire large numbers of staffing agency workers to perform dangerous jobs.
Michael Parsons is an Atlanta worker’s compensation lawyer, representing injured workers in the metro Atlanta region and helping them recover the worker’s compensation benefits they deserve.