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Netherlands – Fewer accidents among temporary workers

11 December 2013

The number of accidents among temporary workers across the Netherlands has fallen, according to a study by TNO, commissioned by the health and safety foundation for the flexible staffing industry (STAF).

Analysing data from the National Working Conditions survey between 2005 and 2012, the report revealed that the percentage of temporary workers experiencing workplace accidents decreased from 11% in 2005 to 6% in 2012. The majority of the accidents reported involved workers being cut, knocked over, struck, or crushed.    

In comparison, the percentage of permanent workers experiencing workplace accidents remains stable at around 7%.

The decline in the number of workplace accidents by temporary workers can be partially attributed to an overall decline in the number of temporary workers. According to figures from ING, the number of hours worked by temporary workers in the Dutch staffing market declined by -3% in the first half of 2013.

Research from Staffing Industry Analysts predicts that the Dutch staffing market will contract by -7% for 2013, as a whole.   

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