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Contract workers are a vulnerable population. Of the 4,836 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2015, 17% were to contracted workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
With contractors often performing higher risk jobs in worksites with little to no management supervision, one of the best practices in an employer's safety and health program is to have a formal contractor management program.
The National Safety Council conducted an independent study,
Making the Case for Contractor Management: Examining the Safety Benefits of Third-Party Management, with data supplied by BROWZ, LLC. This study examines the impact of contractor management programs – specifically prequalification – on the safety of contractors in the BROWZ database. The contractors in the study were found to have better average Total Recordable Rates (TRR), Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rates, and Lost Workday Rates (LWR) within individual industries and all industries as a whole.
Campbell Institute research reveals a simple but comprehensive lifecycle approach to manage all stages of contractor relationships.
American Staffing Association and NSC published a case study on safety obligations of staffing companies and host employers.