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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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Title Changing work and OHS: the challenge of labour hire employment
Author(s) Underhill, Elsa
Conference name Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Conference (18th : 2004 : Noosa, Qld.)
Conference location Noosa, Queensland
Conference dates 3-6 Feb. 2004
Title of proceedings AIRAANZ 2004 : New economies : new industrial relations : proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference
Editor(s) Barry, Michael
Brosnan, Peter
Publication date 2004
Conference series Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference
Start page 544
End page 551
Publisher Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
Place of publication Noosa, Qld.
Summary 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.
ISBN 0909291896
9780909291907
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005336

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: Deakin Graduate School of Business
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