Temporary workers have a degree of flexibility – they can work for the same employer for days, weeks, months or even longer. They may be kept on permanently or they may continue to temp for an agency, working on fixed-length contracts for a range of different companies. But when it comes to health and safety at work, temporary workers have the same right as every other employee. Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of all workers, whether temporary or permanent, whilst on their premises. So if you’re a temporary worker who has been injured at your place of work, why not find out if you could make a claim for temporary worker injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline?
Temping – what’s the worst that could happen?
If you are employed as a temporary worker through an agency, they could be held liable if you’re injured in an accident. It might be that you have been employed directly with a company, in which case your employer could be at fault if you’re injured in an accident at work. The type of injuries you suffer will depend on the industry you’re working in – obviously there are some jobs, such as working in a factory or on a construction site, which are more risky than others. But here are a few examples of the types of accidents which could lead to a claim for temporary worker injury compensation.
- Slip, trip or fall – tripping over trailing cables in an office or slipping on a wet factory floor
- Injuries caused by not receiving proper training to carry out your job – such as not knowing how to operate machinery safely
- Fall from height on a construction site caused by collapsing scaffolding or a fall through a roof light
- Injuries caused by faulty machinery or equipment, such as electric shock from a faulty photocopier or crush injuries from factory machinery
- Lack of safety equipment leading to an injury – e.g. no safety harnesses when working at height or no goggles supplied when welding
Should you claim?
There’s a three-year time limit to make a personal injury claim, so we recommend getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible after your accident. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential advice and to find out if you could make a claim. You deserve compensation if you’ve been injured whilst working as a temporary worker, and our lawyers provide a 100% no win, no fee service.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton