Holiday Jobs: More Money But Increased Injury Risks
With the holidays fast approaching, many people capitalize on the busyness of the season to get an additional part time job. While this can be a great way to pick up some extra cash for gifts or other expenses, it does carry a certain amount of risk. Juggling two jobs puts a burden on your body physically, making you less likely to get the rest you need. It can also lead to a certain amount of chaos in your regular schedule, making you more likely to be distracted. When on the job injuries do occur during part time, seasonal employment, it is important to keep in mind that you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Job Safety For New Hires
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), on the job accidents and injuries typically peak in the summer months and decline throughout the winter season. This is likely due to a decrease in construction and manufacturing over the holidays, two occupations in which job-related accidents often occur.
However, newly hired employees are generally more at risk for on the job mishaps than those who have spent years in a position. With restaurants and retail stores often hiring additional help to get through this busy season, it is important to be aware of the potential risks:
Slip, trip, and fall injuries, due to wet floors and cluttered aisles or walkways
Getting struck by objects, such as when stocking shelves or attaching decorations to store fixtures
Serious cuts and laceration, caused by broken glass and other sharp objects
Burn injuries, caused by contact with hot surfaces or liquids
Overuse injuries, caused by repetitive stress or improperly lifting techniques
Even a minor accident at work can end up leaving you with serious injuries. These can impair your abilities to work, both at your part time job and for your full-time employer. Be sure to report any accident immediately to your boss or supervisor and get medical attention to protect your rights to compensation.
Workers’ Compensation For Part Time Employees
Benefits for injured workers are available through the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. These can provide a lifeline for people who get injured on the job or during the course of their employment. In addition to covering permanent, full time staff and workers, they can also cover lost wages and medical expenses for those working part time and temporarily through different seasons.
As mentioned above, it is important to immediately report your accident and visit your doctor to protect your rights to these benefits. Attend all follow-up visits and abide by any work or activity restrictions they recommend. Double check with your employer to ensure a workers’ compensation claim is filed and be sure to respond promptly to any correspondence you receive.
Get Help Today
To help ensure you get the maximum amount through the workers’ compensation program, contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC. We can arrange a consultation to discuss your case and the benefits you may be entitled to.