The holiday season is an exciting time of year, but it is also dangerous.
Unfortunately, we often see an increase in the number of injuries during
this time of year. The injuries are often caused by some combination of
added responsibilities, stress, decrease work force, or simply a rush
to get the job done. It is important that workers be careful not to let
their guards down at this time of year.
Causes of Holiday Season Work Accidents
There are a number of reasons for the rise of accidents and injuries during
the holiday season.
The holiday season can be one of the most profitable times for many businesses,
but the increased activity requires employers to hire temporary or seasonal
workers to keep up with the demand. Temporary workers are more likely
to be involved in workplace accidents because they are inexperienced and
unfamiliar with the company's safety measures. It is important for
all employers to provide temporary workers with clear and precise safety
policies and ensure they are thoroughly trained on how to operate equipment
to avoid injury.
As people rush to finish their holiday shopping, traffic on the roads and
highways becomes increasingly congested. For workers employed in the transportation
industry, the heavy traffic puts them at added risk of an accident. Commuters
and people who drive for a living must be sure to stay aware of their
surroundings and drive safely to avoid accidents.
The holiday season can be a stressful time. In addition to the added responsibilities
associated with the holidays, many people work overtime to keep up with
production demands, meet end of year goals, or earn extra money to help
buy gifts. This added stress leaves many workers fatigued. Fatigue is
a common contributor to workplace accidents. Fatigued drivers are more
likely to be involved in car accidents and can also cause people to become
complacent, which is particularly hazardous for workers who operate heavy
machinery. Workers need to make sure they are getting proper rest at night
and taking scheduled breaks during the workday to avoid making a careless
mistake that could lead to a serious injury.
One of the great traditions of the holiday season is decorating the home
and workplace with Christmas lights. However, they do not come without
risk. The U.S. Fire Administration states the more than 400 people are
killed and over 1,650 are injured each year in fire-related incidents
caused by Christmas lights. It is important for all employers to make
sure their decorations are safe. That means ensuring that electrical outlets
are not overloaded and that lights and any other electrical decorations
are unplugged while the building is closed.
Staying Safe During the Holiday Season
The holidays are a festive time and even a minor injury can put a damper
on the season. An injury could cause you to miss out on time spent with
friends and family and the added financial strain if you are unable to
go back to work after the holidays. The weeks leading up to the holidays
can be hectic, but it is important that you stay alert and take the proper
safety precautions to avoid suffering an on-the-job injury during these times.