The use of agency workers is prevalent in the workplace, many employees and co-workers will be provided by an agency. You may be in a situation where as an employee you are contracted to an agency and not the company you work for on a daily basis. With such instances, there is often confusion as to who is responsible when an employee sustains an injury at work.
A leading case decided that in order to determine who is responsible depends on who has most control over a worker. For example, if a permanent employer provides staff to work for a temporary employer, then the temporary employer could be held responsible if it can be found that control had been passed to them. This leads to a situation where either the agencies themselves can be liable or the company they assigned you to.
If you have been recruited by an agency to work on a temporary basis for a company, then the company you have been assigned to have certain responsibilities over you're safety. They need to consider that you will know less about their business than an ordinary employee. However your permanent, general employer also has a responsibility to assess the risks that you could face. If you have sustained injuries due to the negligence of your temporary or permanent employer, you may be entitled to compensation.
To find out if you are able to make a compensation claim, simply call our free phone number 0800 731 2586 or alternatively complete the online enquiry form for free, no obligation advice.