Job Factors Influence Worker Safety and Health
Factors such as job stability, steady hours, career path, and the degree of control over a job schedule affect worker health and workplace injury risk, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington. The study’s authors noted that there is mounting evidence that the way in which work is organized and how people are paid has profound effects on worker health. Moreover, large-scale improvements in worker health may be achievable by introducing policies and regulations to promote healthier job scheduling and compensation practices.
The study found a correlation between job factors and the following:
- Workplace injuries
- Mental health
- Self-rated health
Poor physical and mental health, including mental stress, and an increase in workplace injuries were found among the following types of workers:
- Workers with short-term contracts
- Employees in dead-end jobs
- Part-time workers
- Gig workers
- Higher-paid, skilled employees forced to work long, inflexible hours
In contrast, lower-paid workers who had irregular hours reported better health if they had a high degree of control over their work schedules and more opportunities to develop their careers and participate in decision making.
Many factors influence worker health, safety, and the risk of serious injury. If you suffered a work-related illness or if you were involved in an accident on the job, a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP can help you navigate the Workers’ Compensation process to achieve a successful outcome. Call us at 215-512-1500 or fill out our online form to arrange a free consultation. We serve workers throughout Pennsylvania from our Philadelphia office.