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If I Am A Temporary Worker What Are My Rights After An Accident At Work?

This guide explains temporary worker rights after an accident at work. As a temporary employee or agency worker, what can you do to be compensated after your employer’s negligence caused you to be harmed? Do you have to be an employee to make a workplace injury claim? Please read the sections below to learn more or feel free to contact our advisors for a free, no-obligation assessment right now by:

A guide exploring temporary workers rights after an accident at work

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  1. Temporary Worker Rights And Accidents At Work
  2. Temporary Worker Rights And The Duty Of Care By Employers
  3. Liability For A Temporary Worker Injured At Work
  4. Can Agency Workers Claim For An Accident at Work?
  5. What Should You Do If Injured In The Workplace?
  6. Temporary Worker Rights And Accidents At Work Calculator
  7. Start A Temporary Worker Accident At Work Claim

Temporary Worker Rights And Accidents At Work

There is guidance on what typically defines a ‘worker’ and their employment status. A piece of legislation called the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlines the legal obligations for those who employ people generally, whatever their status. Employers should:

As well as this, legislation called The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 details the framework that applies to employees on temporary or agency contractual arrangements. It outlines relevant terms and conditions, the qualifying periods, and basic working and employment conditions.

What Is A Temporary Worker?

Occasionally, an employer may need to take on extra staff to deal with an increased workload or to meet a specific deadline. Usually, temporary workers are people who are given short-term contracts of employment that can be open-ended or renewed on a weekly or monthly basis. Temporary workers can be part of an agency that provides people for roles such as this. It can also refer to self-employed people or contractors working as and when needed.

What Rights Do Temporary Workers Have?

Must you be an employee to claim for a workplace accident? Temporary worker rights include:

  • Working a maximum of 48 hours in one week
  • Maternity, paternity, and parental leave rights after working in your role for 12 weeks or more.
  • The same rights of employment after 12 consecutive weeks.
  • Entitlement to the National Minimum Wage
  • Not being treated less favourably if you work part-time

Workplace Accident Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes the statistics of workplace accidents as reported under the RIDDOR law. In 2020/21, the most common non-fatal accidents were slips, trips and falls on the same level. You can see this in the graph below.

Source: https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/index.htm

Temporary Worker Rights And The Duty Of Care By Employers

Ordinarily, a temporary worker who is on a fixed-term employment contract can enjoy the same basic rights as a permanent employee. In addition to this, after 12 weeks with the same employer, agency workers can enjoy the same rights as permanent staff.

If you’re an employee, you have the right not to be unfairly dismissed. You can also be given a written reason for dismissal. You may also be eligible for redundancy pay after this period.

Liability For A Temporary Worker Injured At Work

Firstly, under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employees of any type have a responsibility to safeguard their own health and wellbeing at work, as well as that of other colleagues which means abiding by legislation and conducting themselves accordingly.

Initiating a claim for a personal injury requires actual injury and an accident alone is not sufficient. Liability for an accident at work depends on the capacity of the temporary worker in that role. Workers injured because of an employer’s workplace negligence would generally claim against the employer of that place of work. But if they were knowingly placed in a hazardous role without appropriate provision by the agency that represents them, the agency could be liable.

Speak with our advisors and they can help direct your temporary worker rights personal injury claim more accurately.

Can Agency Workers Claim For An Accident at Work?

In regards to health and safety, an employer’s duty of care extends to temporary staff in exactly the same way as permanent staff. Employers should take reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees and visitors.

Temporary staff are free to seek a claim for compensation when they can show that employer negligence caused them to be harmed.

What Should You Do If Injured In The Workplace?

As a temporary worker involved in an accident at work, there are some steps you can follow to help put together a comprehensive claim. A claimant can:

  • Report the accident
  • Raise the issue with the employer or agency
  • Collect CCTV footage if possible
  • Take photos of the scene and your injuries
  • Request witnesses to the accident to provide their contact details for statements later
  • Access copies of your medical records if you visited a healthcare professional after the incident

In addition to this, you can consider legal representation. Contact our team and they can assess your claim for free and possibly connect you with a personal injury expert in temporary worker rights to help.

Temporary Worker Rights And Accidents At Work Calculator

Calculating the compensation possible for an accident at work caused by employer negligence involves looking at two areas. General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering, whether mental or physical, you experience as a result of negligence.

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is a publication legal professionals may use when valuing injuries. It lists injuries with corresponding potential compensation brackets. This tool is used to assess the impact of:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of amenity
  • Increased risk of long-term health problems

The compensation table below includes figures from the JCG.

Body Area InjuredSeverity and Award Bracket As Per The JC GuidelinesFurther Information
Finger(f) Severe Finger Fractures - Up to £36,740


Deformity and impaired grip, loss of function
Hand(e) Serious Hand Injuries - £29,000 to £61,910


Injuries that reduce the usefulness of the hand to 50% requiring possible amputation
Eye(h) Minor Eye Injuries - £3,950 to £8,730


Including being struck by an object in the eye or exposure to smoke or fumes
Head(c) Moderate (i) - £150,110 to £219,070


Injuries that damage sight and speech with a potential risk of epilepsy
Back(b) Moderate (ii) - £12,510 to £27,760


Soft tissue damage that may accelerate pre-existing conditions and impact the sufferer's ability to enjoy normal life
Knee(b) Moderate (i) - £14,840 to £26,190


Dislocations, torn ligaments and wasting. Also instability issues and future disability
Ankle(d) Modest Injuries - Up to £13,740


Mild case fractures, ligament tears, sprains and weakness causing scarring and instability
FootFoot Injuries (f) Moderate - £13,740 to £24,990Metatarsal fractures that cause continuing symptoms and future risk of osteoarthritis
Psychiatric Injury(d) Less Severe - £1,540 to £5,860


Some psychiatric issues that show an improvement

Please note – these are estimated amounts, not compensation guarantees.

Special damages are the second area where you may be eligible to seek compensation. It’s compensation for financial loss associated with your injuries. It requires solid proof like invoices, statements, or receipts that show out-of-pocket expenses forced upon you by the injuries. It may be possible for you to claim for:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical bills
  • Remedial treatments like physiotherapy or counselling or treatments that are not available on the NHS
  • Adaptations needed to your home or car after the injury

With this in mind, speak to our team to see what other associated expenses you could include in your claim. Or, alternatively, use our compensation calculator.

Start A Temporary Worker Accident At Work Claim

Our panel of injury solicitors offer their services under a No Win No Fee agreement for all claims they accept. Under such an agreement:

  • There is no upfront fee to hire the solicitor
  • There’s no ongoing solicitor fee
  • You don’t have to pay the solicitor’s fee if the claim isn’t successful

If the claim is successful, you’d pay the solicitor a success fee. However, this would be taken from the compensation after it comes through and it’s legally capped. This amount is to reward the personal injury solicitor for their time and work on your behalf.

Find out exactly how a professional can ensure your temporary worker rights are properly acknowledged after an injury in a workplace by:

  • Calling our advisors on 0800 073 8804
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  • Or access help through our ‘live support’

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