The holiday season is approaching fast, which means high demand for temp workers in the hospitality field, in retail, and in many other sectors. Because many people take vacations over the holiday season, and because many organizations face a big influx in business, there are unique risks to workers over this season which do not occur during other times of the year. Employers and employees need to understand the dangers so they can take steps to mitigate the risks of injuries occurring.
When a worker does get hurt, the employee is generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This may be true even if the employee is a temporary or a seasonal employee who has only been brought in to work for the holidays. An Atlanta work injury lawyer can provide information on situations where an employee has been injured and can provide guidance as a worker applies for benefits.
Atlanta Work Injury Risks for Holiday and Seasonal Workers
Holiday and seasonal workers face a number of unique injury risks, which vary by industry. Some of the different threats to employee safety over the holidays include:
- The risk of injuries due to crowd control problems. This is an especially big problem for workers in the retail sector who are in stores on Black Friday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers some insight into crowd management for employers including hiring additional staff and security as needed and providing proper training to workers who will be at the event.
- The risk of injuries due to lack of training. When temporary or seasonal workers take positions in restaurants, in hospitality businesses, or in any other work environment, they may not be fully aware of the risks in the workplace or of safety protocols they need to follow. Without adequate training, these employees face significant dangers in the workplace. Although these workers may not be with companies for long, it is still essential for employers to invest in all necessary training so they can do the job right.
- The risk of injuries due to being shorthanded. Many employees take time off during the holiday season, which can leave workplaces shorthanded. This, in turn, can put other workers in danger of getting hurt as they try to get tasks done in less time or as they try to do tasks alone they normally have help completing. Even when temp workers are hired to help, these temp workers may not be able to provide the same level of support that permanent full-time workers do. Employers need to make sure they take added safety precautions to protect staff when they are shorthanded.
These are just a few of the possible risks faced by seasonal workers over the holidays. If an injury does occur at work, employees need to report the injury promptly to their employers and need to ensure they fully understand their options for recovering benefits associated with the damage to their health. A workers’ compensation lawyer can provide assistance to full-time, as well as temporary or seasonal workers.
Parsons & Associates, P.C. is an Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm serving Atlanta, Savannah, and surrounding areas throughout Fulton County. Contact Parsons & Associates, P.C. today at 770-422-9000 or contact us online if you have been injured at work.