Seasonal Workers At Risk For On the Job Injuries
With the holidays fast approaching, retailers are extending their hours and hurriedly stocking their shelves in anticipation of the crowds of shoppers that descend on malls and stores at this time of year. To ensure they are equipped to handle these demands, many places have already begun hiring seasonal, part-time and full-time employees to supplement their year-round workforce. It is important to be aware of the potential for on-the-job accidents and injuries these workers face, both now and throughout the year. In addition to not getting the level of respect or training their year-round coworkers to enjoy, these workers are less likely to be aware of workers’ compensation benefits that they may be entitled to when injuries do occur.
Retail Worker On the Job Injuries
Retail work, whether it involves checking in merchandise, arranging displays, or checking out customers, is often assumed to be a fairly risk-free job, offering flexibility in work hours along with a relatively decent rate of pay. Unfortunately, Safety and Health Magazine reports that this a common misperception. Based on government research and statistics, the retail trade actually has a higher rate of accidents and injuries than many other professions. Retail employees face greater risks for musculoskeletal disorders and soft tissue injuries, such as sprained or strained muscles and overworked joints, while any job that entails handling money and dealing with the public increases the risk of violent attacks and assaults. Seasonal retail workers, in particular, are susceptible to on-the-job injuries as a result of the following:
- Less experience in dealing with the demands of the job
- Less training due to the temporary nature of their position
- Less time allotted to complete tasks due to the high volume of customers
- More clutter and debris to contend with due to store decorations and increased inventory
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Workers’ Compensation For Seasonal Employees
While seasonal workers may be more likely to suffer on-the-job injuries than their better trained and more experienced counterparts, unfortunately, they are less likely to report these injuries to their supervisor or employer. Workers may be quick to dismiss injuries as an effect of working long hours, or they may be hesitant to report any accidents that occur to their boss for fear of being fired.
In most situations, seasonal part-time workers are just as entitled to benefits under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) as their regular full-time counterparts. These benefits can provide the medical care you need while reimbursing you for any lost wages you suffer. Part-time employers are still obligated to pay benefits, even if you end up unable to return to your job.
Get Help From a South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you are injured or become ill while on the job, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys are here to guide you through the claims process. We can assist you in getting the compensation you need to provide for yourself and your loved ones during your recovery.