Retailers across the country have been stocking their shelves with holiday merchandise and preparing for the onslaught of shoppers as Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season, is next week. To prepare for the extended hours and the crowds of shoppers, retailers often hire seasonal employees to help handle the increase in demand. While this is good news for those who are looking for employment, seasonal workers may be at a greater risk of workplace injuries than regular full-time employees because they do not always receive the proper training on workplace safety protocols, fire hazards, and the proper use of equipment. In addition, seasonal workers often do not realize that they may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, should they be injured on the job.
It is a common misconception that retail work is a relatively risk-free job, usually involving tasks like checking merchandise, checking out customers, and arranging displays. However, according to Safety and Health Magazine, government and research statistics show that retail workers experience a higher rate of injuries than other professions. Common injuries that retail workers suffer from include soft tissue injuries, such as sprained or strained muscles and joints, and certain types of musculoskeletal disorders. In addition, when someone’s job responsibilities involve handling cash transactions at a register, they are at risk of being attacked or assaulted by a violent customer.
Factors that Make Seasonal Workers Susceptible to Injuries
The following are some of the reasons why temporary, seasonal workers are at an increased risk for on-the-job injuries:
They may lack the experience needed to meet the demands of the busy holiday retail season.
Seasonal workers often do not receive the training needed to perform the job properly because of the temporary nature of seasonal work.
Because of the high volume of customers, they often have less time to complete a task.
There is a significant amount of clutter and debris that could cause injuries, due to the increased inventory and holiday store decorations.
In most cases, seasonal workers are eligible for the same Workers’ Compensation benefits as full-time staff. This includes full compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Unfortunately, seasonal employees are less likely to report an injury for a couple of reasons. First, they may not think the injury is serious, and that it is simply the result of working long hours. Second, many seasonal employees who become injured on the job are afraid to report it to their supervisor, fearing they will be fired. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can explain the benefits that these workers are entitled to, answer any questions they may have, and help them navigate the claims process.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Seasonal Workers
If you have been injured while employed as a seasonal worker, the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the full benefits that you deserve. Our dedicated team will guide you through the complex claims process, addressing your questions and concerns along the way. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.