A lot of people pick up side gigs, second jobs and temporary work during the holidays to make some quick cash – and there’s usually no shortage of opportunities. Businesses often hire seasonal workers to meet the heightened demand of the season.
While seasonal workers play a critical role in keeping businesses operational during the annual rush, they also face a higher-than-average risk of injury when compared to regular employees.
Seasonal workers are often largely untrained
Seasonal workers usually get thrown onto the warehouse or retail store floor with very little training. In the rush to fill positions as quickly as possible, a lot of businesses cut corners when it comes to safety protocols and procedures. Unlike full-time workers, seasonal workers often have limited experience, and that can translate to a lack of awareness surrounding common workplace hazards. Owners and managers sometimes basically hope that their seasonal workers can “pick things up” as they go along – often with disastrous results.
There may be mass chaos all around
The holiday shopping season can range from “merely hectic” to “outright insane.” Retail stores, warehouses, restaurants and delivery services all experience a huge uptick in business. The sense of urgency can be contagious, and newly hired employees may have difficulty adjusting to the demanding pace. That can make them susceptible to mistakes that lead to accidents.
The fatigue can be overwhelming
Long working hours, irregular schedules and demanding customers can easily lead to fatigue and burnout – and seasonal employees may feel physically and mentally taxed trying to handle unfamiliar tasks in a high-pressure environment. Stress and exhaustion can make it harder for workers to stay focused and dull their reaction times, which can lead to poor decisions and injuries.
It’s important to know that even part-time employees who were hired for a season may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they’re injured on the job. If you get hurt while doing seasonal work, don’t be misled about your rights. Seeking legal assistance can help you get the benefits you’re due.