Workers’ compensation filings of temporary workers compared to direct hire workers in Illinois, 2007–2012

Source: Dana Madigan, Linda Forst and Lee S. Friedman, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Early View, November 15, 2016
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From the abstract:
Background: The physical and psychological risks of temporary employment are well documented but there are still many questions regarding the consequences of injuries among these workers.

Methods: This analysis examines Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission filings from 2007 through 2012 to compare total cost of the decision, days of work missed, and percent disability of employees of temporary agencies with direct hire claims.

Results: Total award median was $5,813.66 for direct hire employees and $2,625.00 for temporary workers. Of those employees claiming time off from work, median total time off was 1.3 weeks for direct hire employees compared to 1.2 weeks for temporary workers. Median total percent disability was 16.0% for direct hire and 10.0% for temporary employees.

Conclusions: There are differences between temporary workers and direct hire employees in terms of total workers’ compensation awards, total time off, and percent disability. Additional studies are needed to validate these findings. Am. J. Ind. Med. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.