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Tips from OSHA for workplace safety during the holidays

WEINER LAWInsightsTips from OSHA for workplace safety during the holidays

Workers' Compensation Defense Monday, November 26, 2018

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends employers take extra precautions to ensure worker safety during the holiday season.

Who is at increased risk of injury during the holidays? The agency notes employees in every field can experience increased risk this time of year, not just those in retail. Workers in the transportation industry, for example, likely experience an increase in deadlines due to upcoming vacations or holidays off as well as increased traffic congestion. These holiday specific factors can result in an increased risk of accidents.

What does OSHA recommend? OSHA recommends employers review safety information during this busy period. Examples include safety procedures when navigating warehouses, including forklift safety and general lifting guidelines.

Many employees will also need to navigate poor weather conditions during their job duties during the holiday season. Employers that require workers to conduct their jobs in these conditions must take steps to control these hazards and protect their workers from weather related injuries. This can include use of deicer and snow removal to reduce the risk of slips.

What about seasonal workers? Even workers that are taking on temporary positions have rights. Those who are taking on a short-term position still have the right to a safe working environment.

Those who are injured while on-the-job should receive funds to cover the costs connected with the injury through a workers’ compensation claim. Remedies are available in the event an employer or workers’ compensation coverage insurance provider fails to provide a sufficient funds or denies the claim.

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