Day laborers don't receive safety equipment: report

August 12, 2010

The majority of day laborers in Newark, NJ, suffer from several types of workplace abuse, including not receiving appropriate safety equipment for the job, according to a report (.pdf file) from Seton Hall University.

The report, issued July 27 by the university's law school in Newark, found 80 percent of day laborers surveyed rarely received safety equipment such as goggles, hard hats or protective masks from employers.

One-fifth of surveyed workers reported being injured on the job, with 60 percent of those workers paying their own medical costs associated with the injury, according to the study. Another 20 percent reported being assaulted while going to and returning from an informal hiring location.