The article aims at understanding how temporary work can lead to a reconfiguration of the processes of construction of (un)safety in the workplace. With this goal, the present contribution focuses on some of the interviews that have been gathered within the scope of a research on the relations between safety conditions and temporary work in the tourism industry and the health and social care sector. Firstly, it is underlined that what prevents people from learning safe ways of working is the intertwinement of the temporariness of contracts with other elements of vulnerability, such as the low level of working experience, or the migrant status. Secondly, the article shows how all these elements force temporary workers to learn how to move inside (un)safe environments, thus taking charge of the costs of safety, or even to completely neglect their health and safety conditions, therefore delineating indeed "vulnerable careers".
Keywords: Temporary work, working health, safety culture, intersectionality
Elisa Bellè, Anna Carreri, Francesco Miele, Annalisa Murgia, Who is (un)safe at work? The difficult intertwining between temporary work and safety culture in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 130/2013, pp. 140-153, DOI:10.3280/SL2013-130009