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Lack of training leads to injuries for temporary workers

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Temporary workers face unique challenges in the workplace, one of the most significant being a lack of proper training. Some employers may see it as not being worthwhile to invest in training temporary staff.

However, a lack of proper training can have severe consequences. This is especially so when it comes to handling dangerous equipment like forklifts, power tools and manufacturing machines.

The risk to temporary workers

According to a report by the University of Illinois at Chicago, temporary workers are at a higher risk of workplace injuries compared to permanent employees. This risk is often attributed to inadequate training on how to safely operate machinery and handle materials. In fact, statistics show that temporary workers are twice as likely to suffer serious injuries on the job.

One of the primary culprits behind these injuries is the operation of forklifts. Forklifts are indispensable in many workplaces, but they can also be extremely hazardous if not used correctly.

The need for proper workplace training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasizes the importance of education and training in preventing workplace injuries. Proper training ensures that workers understand how to identify hazards, operate equipment safely and follow established safety protocols. OSHA provides resources and guidelines to help employers develop effective training programs that address the specific needs of temporary workers.

Tragically, the consequences of inadequate training can be devastating. In a recent case in Illinois, a temporary worker was fatally injured while operating a piece of machinery. The incident highlights the importance of providing comprehensive training to all workers, regardless of their employment status.

Employers must prioritize the safety of all workers by providing thorough training on the proper use of equipment and adherence to safety protocols. Workers who do experience an unfortunate workplace accident have the right to pursue a workers’ compensation claim.