Summer Job Safety
June 6, 2019
Summer is quickly approaching, and it is important for workers to be aware of summer job safety. Most summer jobs are filled by young workers who do not have as much experience as adult employees, placing these teenagers and young adults at high risk. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that on average, three teens are fatally injured every week due to a workplace injury.
Injured at a Summer Job
Those who are injured at a summer job should seek the counsel of an attorney in their local area, as laws regarding workers’ compensation vary by state. Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, temporary and seasonal workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for their work injuries. OSHA has even instituted a Temporary Worker Initiative to ensure that temp workers are receiving the same protections as permanent employees, such as training, personal protective equipment (PPE), and hazard communication.
Work Safety Tips for the Summer
OSHA has also provided some recommendations for summer job safety according to industry, including:
- Construction – The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the country, due to falls from heights, electrocutions, caught in/between accidents, falling objects, and heavy machinery accidents. During the summer, workers must protect themselves from heat and sun exposure.
- Drivers – Those who drive for work should take all the usual precautions, such as wearing a seat belt. Studies show that teenagers wear seat belts less often than adults do and therefore may be at risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash.
- Farm Work – OSHA reports that more than two million workers under the age of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards. These hazards may include machinery, electrical currents, firearms, bodies of water, grain silos, and livestock.
- Landscaping – Ultraviolet radiation, heat, pesticides, and electricity are just some of the hazards associated with the landscaping industry. OSHA urges summer employees to protect themselves from potentially dangerous wildlife and to watch for snakes, particularly when walking in tall grass.
- Lifeguarding – Those who work as lifeguards should take periodic breaks, hydrate, and take care when climbing into or exiting the lifeguard stand. Employers should also ensure that non-slip surfaces are functional and that workers are adequately trained.
- Parks and Recreation – Summer jobs in parks and recreation pose several hazards, including environmental health risks. Other common injuries include cuts, strains, and overexertion.
- Restaurant – Kitchen workers face several hazards of the job, including slippery floors, hot surfaces, and a fast-paced work environment. Common injuries associated with this industry include burns, repetitive motion injuries, and heat exhaustion.
Tips for Preventing Illness and Injury Due to Summer Heat
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has provided the following general tips for employers and employees to keep safe during the summer months:
- Educate workers on heat illness and how to prevent it
- Keep hydrated
- Provide employees with cool rest areas
- Take frequent breaks
- Wear proper protective clothing
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Summer Workers Obtain Benefits for Work Injuries
If you were injured at your summer job in Pennsylvania, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including payment for medical expenses and lost wages. Our skilled attorneys proudly represent all types of workers in Philadelphia and throughout the state. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW today.
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