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Temp work rates are up and it could mean more workplace injuries

As people in Philadelphia and other cities in Pennsylvania have headed back to work over the past few years, some have found that a full-time position is hard to find, let alone legitimate employment. Experts are noting the rise of the temporary worker during the past few years as the economy recovers, wondering exactly how affected these individuals will be in the long run by the conditions that are often associated with temp work. One of these is an increased rate for workplace injury, something that can be extremely detrimental to a worker's health and physical condition.

The problem with this situation is that the temporary status of a worker often allows the companies where they perform work to put them in positions that are susceptible to accidents and injuries -- and they find themselves legally immune to any workers' compensation claims. This has left many workers without the ability to seek the medical attention they require for injuries they have received, putting all of the risk on the worker and very little -- if any -- on the employer.

National data from the U.S. Labor Department showed that there were more temp workers than ever in June of this year. According to that data, there were 2.7 million individuals employed as temp workers. In addition to this, officials are reporting that nearly 20 percent of the job growth seen since the end of the recession has been in the temporary work sector. Moreover, the majority of that growth has occurred in blue-collar labor. This means that temp workers, who are already more likely to be injured because they are less experienced than those who are actual employees, are likely being exposed to some of the most dangerous labor in warehouses and factories across the U.S.

If you have been injured on the job, contact an attorney to discuss your case, whether you are a temp worker or not. Having such a conversation may give you the insight you need to determine if you have the ability to file a successful claim against the company in question.


Source: 
Business Insider, "Workers Across America Are Getting Stuck In Crappy Temp Jobs" Michael Grabell, Jul. 08, 2013

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