Compensation for Contract Workers
I'm a contract worker who was injured in a plant accident. Can I seek
compensation from the company for my injuries?
As a contractor worker, your agreement may be different from the contracts
regarding the employees who are actually employed by a plant. This means
that if you are injured while doing your job at an industrial location,
you are provided for under a different set of provisions. A contract worker
is a person that is hired to perform a specific function in a contractual
relationship with another company. Independent contractors are generally
According to the United States Department of Labor, if a self-employed
person is injured or becomes ill while working at a business, company,
or location, then the company typically does not need to record the injury
or illness. This is because companies are only required to log injuries
with the OSHA when the employee injured is on the company patrol as a
labor worker, executive, hourly worker, salary worker, part-time worker,
seasonal employee, or migrant worker.
If a company supervises employees who are not on the payroll on a day-to-day
basis consistently, they may be required to include their injury reports
with the OSHA. This includes employees who are from a temporary help service,
an employee leasing service, or a personnel supple service. This is because
these employees arrive at the same workplace consistently and are under
company supervision. There are times when the employee supplier may take
responsibility for an injury, so you will want to discuss your specific
situation with an attorney at the firm for more information.
You will need to determine whether or not you are considered self-employed
before you choose to seek compensation from a company or industrial plant
supervisor where you were injured. If you are contract worker, there is
a chance that you may need to explore other options for compensation.
If you are a contractor's employee, then it is your contractor's
responsibility to report your injury and he or she will most likely be
liable for any accidents that occur while you are on the job because you
are under his or her supervision at the worksite.
Chances are that if you are a contract worker who is injured at an industrial
site, you will not be able to file a workers' compensation claim because
the people that you were working for on a specific job are not technically
your employers. Instead, you will need to file a personal injury claim
with the company where the injury happened.
Do not hesitate to contact an industrial injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin today if you want more information.