3 Reasons Retail Workers Suffer On-the-Job Injuries during Winter
By Darwin F. Johnson on January 10th, 2018 in Atlanta Workers Comp, Ergonomics, injury prevention, Macon Workers Comp, Savannah Worker's Comp, work injuries, work injury, Workers Compensation
If you work in retail, you’re probably happy that the holiday season is behind you. Many retail workers find themselves injured or in pain thanks to a number of unique factors that make the holidays the most likely time for retail workers to be injured while working.
Just because they’re finally over with, it doesn’t mean the risk of injury is completely gone. You can easily slip and fall while walking from your car to your job under winter weather conditions.
Read on to learn advice on why you need to remain cautious to try and avoid on-the-job injuries this winter, courtesy of the workers’ comp lawyers serving Atlanta from the Law Offices of Darwin F. Johnson.
- Understaffing. Many retail stores will hire seasonal employees specifically for the holidays. With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, many of those seasonal employees will be laid off. Not used to working with so few employees, retail workers are often left picking up the extra slack on the job. When stores are understaffed, employees may overexert themselves while rushing around to get everything done, and accidents that can cause injuries are much more likely to occur.
- Longer shifts. Another consequence of understaffing is that retail workers have to cover longer shifts to make up the difference. Sometimes, retail workers can expect to stand for up to eight or nine hours at a time as they help customers, stock shelves, and unload merchandise. Naturally, more time spent standing can increase stress-related injuries, and when coupled with understaffing problems, is a recipe for work-related injuries
- More stress. With understaffing and longer shifts, employees are also likely to feel more stress as they take on more work and responsibilities. They often have to come into work ill, cover missed shifts and miss out on time spent with their friends and family to work nights and weekends. Stress can contribute to carelessness in the workplace, which increases the chances of an injury occurring.
If you are a retail worker who has been injured on the job, call our workman comp lawyers of Atlanta at the Law Offices of Darwin F. Johnson a call today at 404-521-2667 to schedule a free initial consultation.