Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 162–182

Mind the Gap, Please! The Effect of Temporary Help Agencies on the Consequences of Work Accidents

  • Carlos García-Serrano
  • Virginia Hernanz
  • Luis Toharia
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12122-010-9085-2

Cite this article as:
García-Serrano, C., Hernanz, V. & Toharia, L. J Labor Res (2010) 31: 162. doi:10.1007/s12122-010-9085-2

Abstract

Using data from a Spanish register on work-related accidents, this paper analyses the effect of contract types on two consequences of accidents: the probability of suffering a serious/fatal accident and the number of working days lost after an accident has happened. The focus is on the difference among temporary workers hired through temporary help agencies, direct temporary workers and open-ended workers. We find that workers hired through temporary help agencies are less likely to suffer serious/fatal accidents and the durations of their absences are shorter when they do, compared with workers holding either open-ended contracts or direct temporary contracts once personal, job and accident characteristics are controlled for.

Keywords

Work accidentsTemporary help agenciesTemporary employment

JEL Classification

J28J41

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos García-Serrano
    • 1
  • Virginia Hernanz
    • 1
  • Luis Toharia
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Fundamentos de Economía e Historia EconómicaUniversidad de AlcaláMadridSpain