Summertime is here, meaning school is out and plenty of young workers will be looking for summer employment. A summertime job is a great way to build character, gain experience, make connections, form friendships, and earn some money.
Many young seasonal workers look for employment with landscaping companies because it happens to be a busy time of year for landscapers, and those companies are often looking for extra help. It can be a wonderful experience, provided employers keep safety in mind.
A new employee in a landscaping company may have a lot to learn, and that lack of experience can result in an accident if the worker is not properly trained, or if safeguards are not put into place. Many landscape contractors say that most safety-related incidents occur in June, July, and August. Even though teens may work fewer hours than adults, they are injured at a much higher rate. But experience does count – employees with less than three months of experience are more than twice as likely to be injured as those with three to six months of experience.
Young workers can have a safer work experience if:
-Safety orientation is required for new employees. Crew leaders should go over rules, proper gear, and what to do in case of an emergency
-Risky shortcuts are avoided. Never remove safety devices or fail to wear proper gear because of time constraints
-A cell phone policy is maintained and enforced. Cell phones can be a distraction, which can lead to accidents, so cell phone access must be limited
-Young workers are paired with experienced team members. Experienced workers should encourage young workers to ask questions, repeat instructions, and correct mistakes immediately
-Your state’s child labor laws are honored. Make sure that underage workers do not use prohibited equipmentIf you know a young worker who has been injured on the job, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross to speak to a qualified Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer. Call 215-512-1500 or 267-589-0090, or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, where we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.