According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are roughly 2.8 million temporary employees in the US workforce.
Temps provide a much-needed solution to many issues with employment, from seasonal demands that require additional workers to help companies meet demands (like during the holidays) to filling in the spot of a worker that needs some time off.
But temp workers are also more likely to get hurt on the job. An analysis from ProPublica found temps have a 36% to 72% higher chance of suffering work injuries than non-temporary workers. While ensuring your safety is the responsibility of your employer, there are some things you can do to stay safe at your job:
Ask for More Training
It’s likely you won’t be 100% knowledge of all the ins and outs of the temp job, and legally you have the right to ask for training. Your employer should provide it, and monitor your performance to make sure you performing the task as required, but if you feel like you still don’t have a full grasp on the safety requirements, it’s important to speak up.
Even if you’re only there for a few weeks, it only takes a second to make a mistake and get hurt.
Check the Equipment
The job should provide safety equipment, but even so, it’s possible to receive poor or old equipment that can’t do anything to keep you safe. Again, it’s really important to speak up. Your manager or supervisor may not have inspected your equipment and could be unaware they are not suitable.
If you notice anything wrong with your equipment, talk to your supervisors.
Sometimes, people on a new job feel like they have something to prove to show their boss they truly bring something valuable into the mix. While this is a work ethic many employers look for, don’t rush the process just to show you can do the job faster.
Rushing can lead to moments where you are not fully paying attention to what you’re doing or your surroundings, which inevitably leads to higher chances of making a mistake. Take it slow at first to get familiar with the job, the environment, and the equipment you need to use.
File a Complaint
Hopefully, you end up at a job where everyone does their best to ensure a safe environment, but the reality is that some employers may cut corners when it comes to safety. Even if you’re only a temp, you still have the right to file an OSHA safety violation complain and have an inspector come on the scene to check out the premise.
Should You Speak With a Workers Compensation Lawyer?
Temp workers are generally covered by worker’s comp laws, even if you’ve only been on the job a day or just an hour. Speak with a St. Louis work injury lawyer 24/7 to learn more. Call (314) 361-4300 for a FREE case evaluation.