Seasonal Holiday Worker Safety
December 18, 2019
Many Pennsylvania employers hire additional labor during the holidays to help with their increased business. Although employed on a seasonal basis, temporary workers are entitled to the same benefits as permanent, full-time employees under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. If you were injured as a seasonal holiday worker and you need an attorney, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We proudly represent seasonal, temporary, and part-time workers throughout the state.
Seasonal Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury
Due to their lack of training and experience, seasonal workers face a higher risk of injury and illness. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), many employers try to save money by foregoing necessary safety training for temporary employees. In 2013, OSHA launched a Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) to highlight the importance of employers’ responsibilities and help prevent temporary worker injuries and fatalities.
Employers Must Protect Temporary Workers
Under the Act, employers have a responsibility to protect workers from workplace hazards. Those who hire temporary workers from a staffing agency have a joint responsibility to ensure the safety of the workplace. Host employers typically have the primary responsibility to identify and remedy workplace hazards; however, staffing agencies must not only diligently inquire about safety and health hazards but also ensure that temp workers receive the required training, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other safeguards.
Winter Holiday Safety Tips
The winter season presents a unique set of hazards, especially for those who work outside. Both employers and seasonal holiday workers should be aware of the increased risk of injury during this time. Some of the most common types of injuries during the winter holidays include:
- Cold stress injuries: Workers exposed to extreme cold may suffer cold stress injuries if safety precautions are not taken, such as wearing the appropriate PPE and clothing. Fatigue can also set in quickly in extreme temperatures; therefore, workers should take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
- Burns and electrical injuries: During the holiday season, first responders are often called to the scene of fires involving Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 30 percent of home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur in December, January, and February.
- Slip and fall injuries: Workers who put up Christmas lights and other decorations while on a ladder are at risk of fall Other fall hazards include extension cords and slippery walkways.
- Car accident injuries: Those who drive for work are at increased risk of getting in a car accident during the holidays due to drunk or distracted drivers, as well as adverse weather and road surface conditions.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Seasonal Holiday Workers Receive Benefits for Their Injuries
If you were injured as a seasonal holiday worker, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C.As a temporary worker, you are entitled to the same benefits as permanent employees, including compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 888-PITT-LAW.
Located in Philadelphia, Bensalem, Lansdowne, and Reading, we represent injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania, including those in the communities of Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, and Wynnewood.