Changing work and OHS: the challenge of labour hire employment
Underhill, Elsa 2004, Changing work and OHS: the challenge of labour hire employment, in AIRAANZ 2004 : New economies : new industrial relations : proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Noosa, Qld., pp. 544-551.
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AIRAANZ 2004 : New economies : new industrial relations : proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference
Barry, Michael Brosnan, Peter
Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
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The expansion of labour hire employment from traditional clerical placements to a range of blue collar occupations raises concerns about the level of occupational safety risks labour hire workers encounter. Overseas evidence points to a higher incidence and severity of injury for such workers. Is this pattern of injury replicated in Australia? This paper explores this issue through an analysis of workers’ compensation claims in Victoria, and preliminary investigation into case histories of 220 injured Victorian labour hire employees. Overseas research findings in relation to injury are confirmed through aggregate data analysis. The paper then provides a preliminary examination of agency-related employment factors such as the extent and nature of training and supervision provided by the host, and the timing of injuries in relation to commencement with the host. The evidence suggests both agency and host employers need to be more proactive in overcoming the vulnerability experienced by these workers.
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