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UPDATE: Why temp work is not a safe bet

UPDATE: Why temp work is not a safe bet


By Jacob Passy

Increasingly, temporary workers are filling blue-collar positions

People who turn to temporary or contract work to make a living when they can't find full-time employment could be putting themselves at risk for injuries -- and even death.

The lack of coordination between staffing agencies and employers, and the gaps in the legal protections for workers have created a dangerous situation for temporary workers, according to a study of temp workers (https://www2.law.temple.edu/csj/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/PA-Workers-Final.pdf) in Pennsylvania conducted by researchers at Temple University.

"Temp workers encounter health and safety violations in the workplace because of the lack of accountability between staffing agencies and host employers for training temp workers," the researchers wrote. Making matters worse, safety issues encountered by temps may go under-reported because of concerns contingent workers have about retaliation for voicing concerns about unsafe conditions.

What did researchers find?

-- Fewer temp workers are working office jobs

The idea of a temp worker sitting at a desk doing administrative work is a notion of the past. Today, only 21% of temp workers in Pennsylvania work in office jobs -- whereas, 45% work in transportation and manufacturing. But because transportation and manufacturing are a much bigger portion of the state's economy, temp workers are three times more likely to be in these sectors than a regular full-time worker.

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